For South Carolinians who love biscuits and early childhood reading, September is a great month. Now in its third year, South Carolina Future Minds and Bojangles’ bring you the My First Library program, which provides Bojangles’ customers with the opportunity to help purchase summer reading books, honor their favorite teachers, and receive a coupon for a free BoBerry biscuit.
Studies show that summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading. Meanwhile, the positive effects of summer learning programs like My First Library endure for years. SCFM created My First Library to reach more kindergarten students and improve their chances of succeeding in school.
Through the support of Bojangles’ and its generous customers, SCFM provided 5100 books to 510 students in seven high-need schools around the state in 2016.
“To build a child’s first library is to give a lifelong gift of the love of reading—and all the academic success that comes with it,” says Caroline Mauldin, Executive Director of SCFM. “We are grateful to Bojangles’ and their customers for making hundreds of ‘first libraries’ possible for children who need them most.”
To support this important program, visit your local Bojangles before September 25th. When customers purchase a $1 teacher tribute card in any one of Bojangles’ 100+ locations across the state, they will help provide new reading books of a child’s choice to kindergarten students in South Carolina’s high-need schools. Participating customers will also receive a coupon for a free BoBerry Biscuit for use on their next visit. My First Library donations can also be made all year long at www.scfutureminds.org