He came hurtling toward her shouting, "Mrs. Book, Mrs. Book" when he saw her again in the fall. He was a four-year-old Headstart preschool student in the Chicago area, and she is a volunteer reader with the Chicagoland West chapter of Assistance League.
Their interaction typifies the nationwide relationships between students and volunteers in Assistance League literacy programs. She read to him last year and gave him books to take home and keep. He remembered both her face and the special time she spent with him encouraging him to love books.
With the realization that 4-in-10 children live in low income families in our country, and the understanding that reading skills are a vital key to ultimate school success, over half of the 120 Assistance League chapters across the country offer literacy and tutoring programs in schools with the lowest income students. Even more chapters provide new books for children to take home and keep for their own -- More...
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In 2013-2014, $38.8 million was returned to local communities; 1.5 million people were assisted; nearly 26,000 member volunteers (including 2,800 Assisteens) in 120 chapters contributed 3.2+ million service hours; Operation School Bell assisted 330,915 children last year and 4.3 million since 1958. Click to read Impact Stories.
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