by Alexandra E. Bodie June/8/2015
It is only day 1 of our Literacy Matters Book Drive and we have already collected nearly 100 books! So, why is a non-profit that helps others achieve, preserve, and sustain the American Dream of homeownership focusing on this Literacy Matters Book Drive? Well, there’s a couple reasons. It is NeighborWorks Week (#NWW2015)and NHS of Greater Cleveland is all about celebrating community and neighbors helping neighbors. You can read our blog post about #NWW2015 here. When we discuss the importance of Home, and why Home Matters, and how everything starts at Home, layer that logic to reading – literacy connects you to others, develops your imagination, and makes you fall in love with learning – literacy feels like the most immediate extension from Home.
A good idea brings about more good ideas. The Literacy Matters Book Drive grew towards another idea…giving new books to every new homeowner after they successfully complete the NHS of Greater Cleveland Homebuyer Education Curriculum. This is a way for us to join the many others in Cleveland dedicating time to #CLEliteracy. The Broadway P-16 Initiative is a local effort strategically addressing literacy and inviting everyone to the table to do so – very inspiring group of individuals! Did you know that 68% of America’s fourth graders read at a below proficient level and 82% of those children are from low-income families? Learn more statistics on Children’s Literacy Foundation’s website here.
The Literacy Matters Book Drive has a single purpose…to collect as many new and gently used books as possible to stock up The Little Free Library Cleveland Movement. We want to thank our friends and partners who are joining us to support #CLEliteracy:
Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
Saint Luke’s Foundation
JP Morgan Chase, Ohio’s offices
Housing Research and Advocacy Center
Forest City Enterprises
City of South Euclid
Books can be dropped off at our offices -> 5700 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44127 today through Friday, June 12th at 5pm. If you have questions call me directly at 216.570.5358. If you are collecting books make sure to let us know – we want to say thank you!