Help ACAR put books into the hands and homes of children in our area
In honor of National Literacy Month in September, the ACAR Community Outreach and Charity Committee is collecting new and gently used children’s books for the nonprofit Bright Star Books. Bright Star Books donates collected books to several area lower income schools.
According to the nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental, one of the best ways to develop children’s literacy is to encourage kids to read at home. Literacy is a critical element in building strong communities. In fact:
- 2/3 of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70% of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.
- Students who don’t read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times likelier to drop out of school.
- Nearly 85% of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate. More than 60% of all inmates are functionally illiterate.
- Reports show that the rate of low literacy in the United States directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year.
Please consider donating new or gently used books during our fall book drive, and help ACAR have a positive impact on the communities of Summit and Cuyahoga County by bringing books to area children in need.
You can bring your books to the ACAR Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. We will be collecting books until October 12.
Click here or the image below to view and download our flyer.