Since this time last year, the POP Project has donated over 4,000 books to children’s educational programs, low-income schools, and services. But as we prepare for the 2014-2015 school year and our next youth giving cycle, we currently have less than half of that amount to give!
With our resources last year, we were able to make an impact on several thousand children ages 3-18 in Buncombe County and surrounding areas! Many of these books went into the classrooms to help build students’ vocabularies, reading skills, and passion for books. Many more went home with the young students of our community who have limited access to books and other resources, and whose literacy is dependent on having access to books of an appropriate reading level in their home.
Reports have shown that access to print materials is the critical variable in dramatically improving a child’s reading skills and attitude toward reading. However, 61 percent of low income homes have exactly zero age-appropriate books for the children in their homes. In fact, some studies have even reported that in certain neighborhoods below the poverty line, there is only one book for every 300 children.
POP Project’s children’s and youth book giving initiative works hard to ensure that children within our own community have a greater access to the books that will make the biggest impact on their levels of literacy now and their greater overall educational success.
Make a Difference by Giving Books!
Help POP sustain our children’s and youth reading initiatives through the 2014-2015 school year at our current – or perhaps an even higher – level! Please give your gently used books now.
We are now taking everything from board and picture books to beginning readers, chapter books, and high school-level novels. Every books makes a difference to a child in our community.
Contact us today if you have any P-12 books to donate. For small donations (up to one small box), please visit one of our drop boxes around town. Your donation will provide a greater access to books for students at low-income schools and within children’s/youth programs in Buncombe County.