One book at a time, we can change the narrative, change, the statistics, change some lives…
My church heard the call issued by our conference Poverty Taskforce to make an impact on generational poverty through literacy. All year, some of us have volunteered as reading buddies at Hillis Elementary and we have worked since Christmas to try to purchase FIVE BRAND NEW BOOKS for every student there.
It has been shown that having less than 25 printed items in a home is an indicator of poverty.
Prisons are built based on literacy at the third grade level.
And because a love of reading sparks imagination, creativity, and helps students succeed.
Last Thursday, our church delivered all 2,346 books to the school and the students got to pick out their own in a free book fair. It was one of the most amazing things I have experienced in my life.
It is hard to imagine the impact that one day and those five books will have, but I know and trust and believe that each one is a seed planted that will change a life.
Thankyou, Immanuel UMC for your generosity. Thank you, Hillis and especially Erin McGargill for helping us and being open.
Thanks be to God for moments like this