The BOOKS FOR KIDS project operates on one simple and astounding fact: being read to as a youngster is the foremost predictor of academic success in childhood. If a child can read at grade level by 3rd grade, she/he will continue to read at grade level throughout her/his academic career. A child who succeeds in school will continue their education, earning a chance at a better job and a better life in the years ahead. A child who lacks early exposure to reading often suffers from low self-esteem, struggles academically, and is at higher risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and delinquency. Succeeding begins with reading. Children with literacy problems typically come from low-income families, have no books at home, and have caregivers who are not aware of the importance of reading to their children. Yet studies have proven, beyond dispute, that access to age-appropriate books and reading aloud to children are essential to developing language and reading skills.
The Books for Kids program will place new books into the hands of at-risk children through collaborations with schools, social service agencies, preschools, and early childhood centers.
MISSION STATEMENT: Guided by the fact that literacy is essential to lifelong success, Books for Kids provides new books and develops reading activities that empower at-risk children. Check out the Books for Kids website www.BooksforKids.org.au
There is more detail on the Children's Charity website: http://www.childrenscharity.com.au/help.php?id=55
The Lions Club of Doutta Galla supports the "Books for Kids" initiative and we are already working with BookBonding - a wonderful independant bookshop in Niddrie. Owner Natasha, is fully supportive of this project through the generosity of her customers in purchasing new books to drop into the Books For Kids bin!
Thank you from the Lions Club of Doutta Galla on behalf of the kids who receive the books.
At the end of June 2012, we had gathered in over 400 books, and have passed them on to 3 different organisations for sharing with the kids.
The Caroline Chisholm Foundation took our 1st collection of around 100 new books, the Good Samaritan Womens Refuge has taken 2 deliveries of over 100 books, with Diabetes Australia taking all the "as new" items we have been given. All have been greatly appreciated.
There is now an International Link as our International President has "In a World of Service" as his theme for 2012 - 2013 and includes the "Reading Action Program". Please have a look at the attached brochure for more details.
Reading Action program: wym-1341114291442
"Books for Kids" continues to feature as one of our on-going projects. We know we are helping with our local community and adding to the success of the International theme.