ECBR Club Member, Ashley Adams, heads up our Literacy Program. Ashley gathered the following information to give details about the program and various volunteer opportunities for Club Members. Each week, we will donate a book to Mary Ford Elementary School with a message from speaker. These books will be donated to the library. Mary Ford Elementary School is a Title I School, and is part of the Charleston Promise Neighborhood. We will also use the Blackbaud grant to purchase an additional $500 worth of books to donate to the school’s reading achievement program. Each quarter, kids who have met their required reading level, will receive a book to take home. Many of these kids do not have a large home library, so this is one of the only ways they are able to take books home to keep. A couple of members mentioned that they might be able to hold book drives in their offices, so that would be great! The greatest need is for 1st-5th grade books. There are also several local organizations that provide opportunities to tutor or mentor children and adults throughout the community. Here are a few volunteer opportunities: Reading Partners: http://info.readingpartners.org/volunteer-in-charleston Through Reading Partners, members can volunteer to read with a child for at least one hour a week. Reading Partners is committed to ensuring that Charlestonians can look forward to a bright future. Working closely with Charleston County School District leaders, the philanthropic community, and families, Reading Partners serves nine Title I elementary schools across Charleston County. We currently work with over 400 students thanks to over 500 community volunteers who give their time every week to ensure success for these budding young readers. Our goal over the next two years is to reach 1,000 students in Charleston. Communities in Schools: http://www.cischarleston.org/mentoring.html Communities In Schools (CIS) mentoring component matches students with “mentors” -exemplary adults from the community who have volunteered to dedicate themselves to at least one year of one-on-one, weekly interaction with a CIS student. Wings For Kids:http://www.wingsforkids.org/volunteer WINGS volunteers help out with a number of things including assisting with Academic Center, working one-on-one with a child, or serving dinner at the programs that offer it. Trident Literacy Association: http://tridentlit.org/index.php/make-a-difference Provides literacy tutoring for adults. Tutors work one-on-one with students who read at less than a 5th grade reading level. Tutors work with individual and small groups of students who read at less than a 9th grade level. These students work independently. Tutors assist as needed. All low level readers are required to read aloud with a tutor or other helper every day. Be A Mentor: http://www.beamentornow.org/about-us/ Be A Mentor (BAM) strives to help every child with an unfulfilled promise in the greater Charleston area by matching them with a caring mentor.