Monday, September 19, 2011

Consider Supporting Literacy and Prose

This is a note to all of you who have read my books, held my virtual hand, read and commented on posts in this blog, and in other ways supported my writing habit over  many years. I don't often put out calls for donations on this site, but this is an exception. Because in Washington DC, the capital of the United States, there should not be children without access to books.

DC area school visit by T.R.Simon and Victoria Bond
When I'm in DC next week, in addition to a host of other engagements, I will also donate a school presentation in support of the efforts of an organization called Literacy and Prose. You can also find them (and "like" them) on Facebook, where you'll see pictures and video of past events and a calendar of future events.

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.

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