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Magazines and comics bring comfort and hope after the storm

We serve academically at-risk, low income families who cannot afford books and reading materials and do not have access to the internet. We strive to get families reading together. We would appreciate any magazines for Pre-K or K level and also, magazines for adult readers. 

 — Pennsylvania educator

As we gear up our industry-wide effort to help children, families, schools, and communities rebuild reading resources in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, wishlists like this one above that arrived today are harbingers of the illiteracy storm devastating eager learners in every village in every land. 

According to Reading is Fundamental, two-thirds of children in poverty live in homes with zero books. Poor infants hear 30 million fewer words during crucial years for intellectual development. Each night, 35,000 moms and kids have left everything behind to escape to the safety of a domestic abuse shelter, staying for over a month. More than a million U.S. students are homeless today. There are tens of millions of at-risk readers, worldwide. 

With titles for every reading age, interest, and language, magazines and comics are the most powerful literacy engines on the planet. We are standing up our global literacy response team to offer comfort and hope, and to help people to begin to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Matthew, and more. 

Reading is where it all begins. We have the mission and materials. We have the people and the passion. We need your backing to succeed on the scale matching the enormous literacy need and value that is waiting. Join us now

  • Maryland Correctional Institution–Jessup (MCIJ)

    School or Library
    Jessup, Maryland
    Serving male adults 18-60 years of age. From pre-literacy to varying reading levels.
    Needs magazines for 30 students monthly
    Magazines Requested: Students enjoy nonfiction magazines with lots of pictures and short articles–this would include magazines about animals, geography, science, food, clothing, anything relevant to today’s world. National Geographic for Kids would be wonderful.

  • Casa Ramona Academy for Technology, Community, and Education

    School or Library
    San Bernardino, CA
    Need magazines for 22 males and 18 females between the ages of 11-16 years old
    Magazines Requested: Boys Life, Girls Life, National Geographic, Odyssey, Dig, Owl, Cobblestone, Ask en EspaƱol, Faces, Jack and Jill

  • Loogootee Elementary

    School
    Loogootee, IN
    Serving male and female students from kindergarten to third grade.
    Needs: Enough magazines for 1-20 low level readers and 1-20 medium level readers from the months of August through June.

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