I can’t stop thinking about literary.
Specifically, how grateful I am for the resources that have always been available to me, allowing me the opportunity to read and write and express myself with the written word.
I know that right now there are a ton of events going on in my life that lend themselves to thoughts on literacy like:
- The start of the new scholastic year for my children, which of course means parent-led homework for the 3 youngest.
- Research into graduate schools.
- Working with Nestle on their Family Happy New School Year Campaign to promote Literacy.
- Working with OfficeMax on their A Day Made Better Campaign to help end teacher funded classrooms.
However, I don’t think there is EVER a time in my life that I don’t consciously think about how privileged I am, especially when I read illiteracy stats or take the time to work with non-profit organizations like RIF who get books to those who otherwise wouldn’t have them. According to the RIF website, nearly TWO THIRDS of low-income families own no books.
RIF provides 15 million books each year to children who need them most, and you and I can help.
Ways to help:
- Gather up books from your own home (ask your friends, too!) that are no longer being used and donate them to a RIF location or another facility that is in need.
- Consider volunteering your time at an organization that helps promote literacy.
It’s easy to promote literacy in our own homes as well. We all know that reading to our children is essential, but do we actually do it consistently? Are books available to our children? I can’t say enough about public libraries. I hope that one day my children will love the library as much as I always have, and will appreciate that the books we have all over our home really are a luxury, something we should be thankful for.
I’m convinced that if we all did just a little something each week to help in the fight for global literacy it would make a big difference.
So. I’m committed.
Here’s to a lifetime of helping to promote literacy.