First Book Southeast Alaska
December 11, 2008
Ketchikan, Alaska - First Book Southeast Alaska Chair Charlotte
Glover announcewd today that First Book Southeast recently received
a grant of $1000 from the Alaska Community Foundation and the
Machamer Charitable Fund to provide books to enhance Tlingit
and Haida Headstart programs around the region. First Book Southeast
Alaska is providing funding for those programs in Klawock, Petersburg,
Craig, Wrangell and Saxman.
First Book-Southeast Alaska is part of First Book's national
network of volunteer led Advisory Boards who provide new books
to children in need in communities across the country. First
Book-Southeast Alaska works to promote and facilitate the distribution
of new books to literacy programs in our region.
Access to books is essential to reading development. However,
60 percent of low-income families have no books for children
in their homes. By providing children from low-income homes books
they can take home and keep, First Book targets the only variable
that correlates significantly with reading scores- the number
of books in the home.
First Book Southeast Alaska has been distributing books to programs
serving low-income children since April of 2006. First Book meets
the second Thursday of the month at 5:00pm in the Landing Conference
room and interested individuals are always welcome. For more
information contact Charlotte Glover at 225-0370.
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