Give the Gift of Reading Book Drive 2021

It is often stated that acts of kindness go a long way. This holds true for the Chatham Education Foundation and Chatham Read’s book drive: Give the Gift of Reading. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we received over 1200 gently used books to distribute to those in need of building their at-home libraries.

Since November, our Chatham Reads program manager, Kathy Havens, has distributed almost 900 books back into the community. She has partnered with numerous businesses, clubs, and schools to help distribute the books to children, as well as helping new teachers build their classroom libraries. Our Little Libraries throughout Chatham County have also been refreshed. After the new year, there are 6 preschools/daycares in Chatham County that are scheduled for book deliveries.

A well-educated student finds gainful employment, is less likely to commit a crime, and is less likely to need public assistance. However, to be successful, graduate from high school on time, and find meaningful work, a student must read proficiently. Studies show that students that do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school. In order to fill jobs and be viable candidates, it all starts with reading! Currently, in Chatham County, 51.5% of our 3rd graders read proficiently as demonstrated by the EOG tests.

Our goal is to use literacy interventions and access to literacy resources to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently. Thank you for being part of our initiative! You are making a difference in the lives of children in our community!

We appreciate the following amazing businesses that hosted a donation box for us: 501 Pharmacy, The Briar Chapel Clubhouse, McIntyre’s Books, SECU, and 7 Dance.

“The most truly generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.”  ~Carol Ryrie Brink

Article by: Jaime Detzi

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