Literacy

Backpacks

Back-to-school backpacks!

Remember when you were in school how great it was to get new clothes and new supplies to start the school year? Unfortunately, there are millions of kids whose families cannot afford to buy them school supplies, but you can help! Project: Put together a Back to School Backpack and collect school supplies for children! Here's what you need: Elementary (K-5) New backpack Notebook Pens (2) Pencils (3) Small sharpener Markers or crayons Glue sticks...Read more
relax bottle

Relax Bottles

The National Center for Education Statistics states that 6.4 million children have been diagnosed with learning disabilities, and there are many more children who are not diagnosed. For some kids with learning disabilities, school can be frustrating. You can help kids with learning disabilities channel and release their frustration by making Relax Bottles. Relax Bottles are water bottles that are decorated and filled with glitter. Like a snow...Read more
spelling bee

Silly Spelling Bee

1 in 11 primary school aged children are denied education globally. Education is key to lowering the poverty rate and improving quality of life of communities. You can help these children by investing in their education. Here's what you're doing: Holding a silly spelling bee to fundraise for the education of a child or children in developing countries.Read more
SAT exam

A Text a Day Keeps the Cramming Away

The SAT is taken by over 2 million students each year in preparation for college applications, and while not all schools require this test, the vast majority do. To help your peers build a habit of preparing, you can take a small step towards encouraging them on a daily basis! Here's what you're doing: Help prepare your peers for the SAT reading section by texting or emailing a "Word of the Day" and encourage them to use it at least once during...Read more

Letters for Literacy

With reading being the basis of all other learning, it is imperative that children learn to read by 3rd grade. Your family can help children become lifelong learners by writing letters to policy makers about keeping schools well funded. What better way to demonstrate to young family members the importance of reading and writing! Here's what you're doing: Ask policy makers to make education a funding priority. Here's what you need: White, lined...Read more

Reach Out to Refugees

Welcome and support refugees in your area. Collect and distribute supplies, like gently used books, clothing, or household items, to help ease their transition. Here's what you're doing: Collecting basic necessities for refugees and helping them get established in America. Interesting fact: Since 1975, the U.S. has resettled approximately 2.6 million refugees. Refugees legally enter the U.S. and must have a well-founded fear of persecution in...Read more

Princess Party with a Purpose

Your family can hold a Princess Party with a Purpose as a birthday party or as a volunteer activity for family, friends and neighbors. For many children, owning a book is a precious gift, especially to a child living without the comforts of home. Books transport children to magical places. At this party, children will donate a book and puppet to a child living in a shelter. Here's what you're doing: Collect princess or fairy tale books for...Read more

Rally Around a Cause

Did you know... A rally is a great way to bring a large number of people together to learn more about the importance of certain issues in our communities. You might choose to hold a rally about anti-violence, equal rights, the environment, or animal welfare, for example. The community, politicians, and businesses will be sent a clear message about the importance of the topic you choose. And best of all, children of all ages can take on...Read more

Wallpaper Book Bag

Encourage the love of books by reading to pre-school children and giving them each a book to take home. Collect age-appropriate, gently used books. Visit local pre-school classes or a daycare and read a story to the children, then give each child a book to take home. To carry the book home, create a Wallpaper Book Bag. Here's what you're doing: Read to preschool aged children and give them books to take home. Here's what you need: Wallpaper...Read more

Neighborhood Book Drive

Did you know that in some of the poorest regions in the United States, kids have no children's books at home. In these poorest areas, research has found a ratio of 1 book for every 300 kids. These children are at a disadvantage for gaining the literacy skills they will need to succeed in school and the professional world. Project: Hold a bok drive to collect and donate gently used children's books to a low-income preschool or daycare. Download...Read more

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