My First Library Program Seeks to Provide Books to Summer Readers

South Carolina Future Minds’ new program — My First Library — raises money to purchase summer reading books for kindergarten students in SC’s most challenged schools.

Studies show that summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading. Also, the positive effects of summer learning programs endure for at least two years after participation.

Every $50 donated allows My First Library to provide 10 books of a child’s choice along with a bag and reading log to public school students who complete kindergarten in South Carolina’s most at-risk schools. The program will be focusing on schools identified by the SC Department of Education and the SC Education Oversight Committee as high poverty.

Book Fairs will be held in the late spring so students can choose their own books to take home. This effort will build on the successful program the SC Department of Education has organized since 2011. That program is geared toward 1-4 graders; My First Library will expand it to Kindergartners who will be entering the first grade. To make a donation now, click here.

The program is supported by Bojangles’ and by contributions from around South Carolina. 

TEXT “SCBOOKS” to “41444” to support My First Library!

For every $50 in donations a student will receive 10 books,

a bag and a reading log.

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