|DC area school visit by T.R.Simon and Victoria Bond|
The goal of the Literacy and Prose Foundation is to improve literacy among disadvantaged children and teens in the greater Washington, DC area by giving schools and students books and access to authors and illustrators. The foundation excites children about reading by bringing books alive, then gives each child the specific book in which his or her interest has been sparked by the author visit. It is this heightened interest and ownership that entices children to read and leads to increased literacy.
When I speak to 4th and 5th graders at the Washington Middle School for Girls, where 87% of students qualify for federal free lunch, Literacy and Prose will give a copy of The Grand Plan to Fix Everything to each student to get signed and take home. They'll also give copies to the school and classroom libraries.
Sometimes the book a child takes home from a Literacy and Prose donation is the first book that child has ever owned. Think about that, and please consider supporting this wonderful program. Send your check to: The Literacy & Prose Foundation, 3215 Morrison St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20015. Tell them I sent you.