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Bojangles’ Helps Kick Off “My First Library” for 2015

For Immediate Release

Bojangles’ and YOU Help Bring Books

To SC’s Poorest Children

Starting Saturday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 20, Bojangles’ will give South Carolinians a chance to honor teachers and provide books to our most vulnerable children.

Bojangles’ in-store promotion supports longtime partner South Carolina Future Minds, the non-profit that organizes private support for SC’s public schools. SC Future Minds has launched a new program, My First Library, to help stop the traditional summer reading loss. In particular, My First Library targets the youngest, newest readers in our state’s most poverty stricken areas.

How It Works: South Carolina Future Minds, a 501(c)(3) charity, collects tax-deductible donations, purchases the books and arranges for distribution.

Customers can purchase $1 paper images in all 100-plus SC stores for donors to honor a favorite teacher. In addition to honoring teachers, the money goes to SC Future Minds’ “My First Library” program, which will provide books to kindergartners in high poverty schools for summer reading. Also donations can be made all year long at www.scfutureminds.org.

Each $50 raised during the promotion sponsors one child to attend an exciting in-school book fair at the end of the school year. There, each child will choose and take home 10 books to keep, along with a reading log, a take-home bag and incentives for completing the log and returning it to school.

Relevant Facts:

  • A study of an existing, limited program found that the traditional summer reading comprehension loss is arrested, and in many cases reversed.
  • In 2009, SC was in the bottom third of states in 4th grade reading.
  • A poor reader at the end of first grade has a 90% chance of being a poor reader at the end of the fourth grade.
  • On average, children in economically depressed communities have 0-2 books in their homes.

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For more information, contact SC Future Minds at

803-741-5646 or info@scfutureminds.org

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