Enriching the Lives of Children through Books
Our mission at Read2Dream Foundation is to create a literacy community dedicated to changing the direction of the lives of children from low income families. Our Foundation volunteers are committed to fostering literacy in children ages 4 through 8 through this initiative. Children reading below grade level benchmarks at the end of 3 rd grade have little chance of catching up to their peers and will encounter many challenges throughout their lives due to lack of education. They will require social services such as welfare and are at a higher risk of being incarcerated. Their own children will be at risk as well, repeating the cycle of poverty. By improving literacy levels for children, we can change their future.
Social agencies, caseworkers, and teachers send us requests for books for families who desire to help their young children. Our volunteers work hard to fill all of the requests but we fall short. We are requesting $10,000 to provide Book Bundles for 250 families in Chester County.$40 per family provides 10 new books, a parent book, and how-to literature to assist the parents in helping their children. These Book Bundles will be distributed through area family agencies including the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, the Friends' Association, and local law enforcement officers, caseworkers, and school districts.
Through collaboration with the Read2Dream Foundation, local social agencies helped to provide books and reading support materials to over 800 Chester County families in 2015. Agencies collaborating this past year include local West Chester Rotary Clubs, the WCU Golden Rams football team, AUA Sorority of WCU, West Chester Boy Scout troops, as well as various community leaders, West Chester Area School District teachers, and community volunteers. Book Bundles donated in the past to the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County have included books, a handwritten note of encouragement, and a soft teddy bear. Children in this situation are comforted by having a loved one reading to them, and by having a stuffed toy to cuddle. Our Read2Dream Ambassador students had a great time writing personal notes for the families.