The Junior League of Boca Raton‘s Learning Libraries Committee is calling on the community to help provide new books for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. All books will be donated to Title 1 schools in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
Businesses and families are invited to host book drives to get more books into local children’s hands during the month of February. Learning Libraries will provide a branded box for businesses to set up at their location.
To participate, email Ami Zak at email@example.com or Valentina Moretti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Learning Libraries Committee aims to create a culture of reading that improves children’s literacy development. The objective is to inspire children to become avid readers by providing books to Title 1 schools through local book drives, utilizing the Junior League of Boca Raton’s volunteer network and working with key community partners.
“Studies show that reading makes a big impact on the academic success of kids, which is why the Junior League selected Learning Libraries as one of our signature projects,” said Jamie Sauer, president of the Junior League of Boca Raton. “Learning Libraries fits with our mission.”
Reading is linked to improved literacy rates, language development, and school performance, along with increased emotional intelligence and decreased stress in adulthood. Research shows that 1 in 4 children grow up without learning how to read (WriteExpress Corporation).
Since its start in the fall of 2021, Learning Libraries has collected more than 3000 books. At the start of the 2022 school year, the committee donated more than 350 books to two deserving kindergarten teachers at Plumosa School of the Arts and Whispering Pines Elementary School, with 286 additional books donated to Plumosa School of the Arts Main Library.