Cultural/Literacy Programs

Access to books and opportunities must cross socio-economic, geographical and cultural boundaries.  It's already making an impact as we started the project at two schools

We opened our presentation in the school’s library with the question, “How would it feel to walk into this library and see no books?” “….horrible, really sad, boring, terrible.”  We shared our 3 minute video and talk about similarities and differences between Kenyan kids and themselves, taught them some Swahili, brought out instruments and they began to dance. Smiles and energy ignited. The magic began when we ask how they could help: book drives, decorating boxes, enclosing bucks for books, making bookmarks, donating shoes. A 6th grader suggested making their next writing prompt a persuasive letter to book companies and publishers. A 2nd grader pulled out a dollar, a 1st grader gave us a pencil to bring to Kenya. They committed to reading more. A club at Lacey Elementary School made this their monthly service project.  High school special education students are creating laminated bookmarks with profiles of famous local African Americans. Students are gaining insight, compassion and, equally important, enhancing their own literary skills.