by Caroline Crouse
Caroline Crouse, a Junior at Bethel High School, and her dad run a magazine recycling operation for literacy along the Rt. 95 corridor in Connecticut. Their work with MagazineLiteracy.org is part of a vast global logistics idea, where every garage, closet shelf, classroom crate, and office inbox – anywhere and everywhere – becomes a micro-warehouse operation for collecting, sorting, packaging, and sharing favorite, good quality magazines and comics with at-risk readers. With titles for every age, interest, and language, magazines and comics are enormously powerful for literacy. With this community model, we can send these vital reading materials from and anywhere and everywhere to anywhere and everywhere in the world. By setting up partnerships with the United Way, food banks, food pantries, libraries, and other community literacy stakeholders, Caroline is making a difference in people’s lives and setting a vital positive example for others. Thank you Caroline for all the good you are doing in the world – helping us to put the magazines we love into the hands, homes, and hearts of new readers. Join us.
Magazine Literacy Catches on in Connecticut
In Bethel, Connecticut we have started a small branch for MagazineLiteracy.org. With our simple volunteer model we receive new and gently used magazines from family, friends, local businesses and collection boxes at schools. The magazines we collect are warehoused in our basement and boxed based on category (health, entertainment, sports, food, family, fashion, etc), so that the organizations we donate to get an equal amount of different varieties of magazines to appeal to all those that they serve.
Currently our stored magazines are delivered to local literacy agencies, shelters and food pantries. These organizations provide services for people who don’t have money to spend on reading materials, making our local outreach vital to the continuation of literacy in the lives of these people. This system of spreading magazines and literacy through our local area is creating an easy to replicate model (collection, storage/organization, and distribution) for others to spread literacy in their community, especially students looking for ways to help those in need in their local area.
We’re very excited about our progress as well as what’s to come for MagazineLiteracy.org in Connecticut. As the project starts to gain deliveries from major publishers, we will use this supply to broaden our outreach. This steady stream of magazines will help supply our current literacy champions as well as reach other organizations that would benefit from a magazine supply.