Providing Books to Children
As part of our Operation School Bell® program, Assistance League of Atlanta collects and distributes thousands of books for children in need in the Greater Atlanta area, many of whom never had a book of their very own. Reading stimulates children and forms their view of the world. Through Operation Literacy, we hope to make an impact by making children’s books available to children in lower income homes. The focus of the campaign is children ages 1- 12 but we also collect and distribute books for teenagers up to age 16.
- 61% of lower income families have no children’s books in the home.
- This lack of books puts children at a disadvantage, because 75% of students who are poor readers in third grade remain poor readers in high school.
- The average number of books for this population is one book per 300 children,
Assistance League member volunteers participate by donating money, purchasing books at thrift stores and the American University Women’s Book Sale, sorting donated books and packing them for distribution. For more information on how you can help with this worthwhile project, contact us.