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Be a magazine literacy champion!

Today I was invited to do a podcast interview… more on that in another post. It got me thinking, if I had just a few minutes to reach out with our most important message, it would be this: Be a literacy champion in your own community by finding literacy programs that are working hard every day to teach children and families how to learn and love to read. Ask them what their needs are. What materials and subjects will inspire these new readers? Then organize your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to adopt these readers and to supply them with interesting, enjoyable magazines. I was called by a woman yesterday who wanted to do this very thing for children in a foster care group home. As often happens in this wonderful business, without realizing it, I’m sure, she said something to me that I will never forget. She mentioned that, in working with these foster children, she was amazed how many arrive without being able to read and then learn to read well in front of her very eyes. So, be a magazine literacy champion in your own community, like this woman.

  • Crittenton Women’s Union

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Boston, MA
    Serving Mothers from age 19-40 and children from infant to 5 years old. Most of the children are between 1 and 2.5 years of age.
    Needs: New or recycled magazines for 58 mother and 52 children.
    Magazines Requested: Magazines appropriate for children and toddlers. Magazines about nature, fashion, beauty, exercise. African American specific and Latina specific magazines. Any general women’s interest magazines.

  • Marymount of Santa Barbara

    School or Library
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serving male and female students from junior kindergarten through eighth grade (ages 4-13)
    Needs: Magazines for 150 students from September 15 to May 15.
    Magazines Requested: Science, current events, animals, bikes, sports, books, writing, national geographic, track, space and astronomy, aviation week, smithsonian, sports illustrated

  • Hathaway-Sycamores’ Family Resource Center

    501(c)(3) Charity, Family Resource Center
    160 bilingual children per month ranging from a 1st to 6th grade reading level
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Needs: 160 magazines
    Magazines Requested: any nature magazines, any sports magazines, any leadership magazines, any education magazines, any travel magazines and any appropriate entertainment magazines.

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