Gift of Literacy
Books Do More Than Tell a Story
In partnership with First Book Charlotte, and thanks to the generosity of local donors, our Gift of Literacy program distributes more than 6,000 new books each year to the children we serve. Our library shelves at the Giving Village are filled with books for children of all ages. From board books and first readers to chapter series, classics and award-winning titles, we are committed to providing the wondrous gift of reading to kids who have few, if any, new books of their own.
All children served through our birthday program receive a set of new, age-appropriate books as part of their gift package. Additionally, throughout the year, we provide books to every child staying at the shelters, housing programs and domestic violence facilities that we serve. Board books and first readers are essential components to our baby program, as well. Each Blessing Basket that we prepare includes new books for the child—tools to promote early literacy and an opportunity to encourage positive parent-child bonding.
Since the start of our Gift of Literacy program in 2010, Bright Blessings has wrapped and distributed over 20,000 new books to homeless and impoverished children of all ages. Our goal is to promote and strengthen literacy for these at-risk kids, while helping them learn to CELEBRATE READING!
Literacy & Learning Go Hand-in-Hand
For disadvantaged children, the path to academic success is often hindered by roadblocks along the way. With little or no resources for school supplies and learning tools, many of these otherwise capable students lag behind their peers academically. When a family struggles to maintain housing and utilities, everyday basics like books and snacks easily fall to the wayside. Additionally, for transient children with high mobility rates, keeping up with homework and projects becomes even more of a challenge.
Poverty impacts education. When a student is hungry at snack time but has nothing to eat, he becomes irritable and unable to concentrate. When she runs out of notebooks or paper, she can’t complete her assignments as required. When there is no place to call home—no desk or table to work at—he loses his motivation to learn. And when classmates ignore or giggle because she doesn’t look clean, she feels too embarrassed to participate in activities.
Our Gift of Literacy program goes beyond the books to help fill gaps where poverty undermines promise. By providing the kids we serve with portable lap desks, snacks for school days, and hygiene sets for personal care, Bright Blessings is committed to helping disadvantaged kids overcome their circumstances and rise to their academic potential.