3tree Agents had a ball this May handing out books to local public school-children before they got out for summer break. Lots of children do not have access to books over the summer and Books for Keeps is attempting to rectify that.
Books for Keeps’ primary program is a research-based effort to end “summer slide,” the learning loss suffered by many children when they are away from school. Children from low-income families are disproportionately affected by this loss, often due to a simple lack of access to books.
Many children cannot or do not access their public libraries for reasons related to geography, transportation, or something as simple as an inability to pay fines for lost books.
By middle school, the children from these families may be three grade-levels behind their peers. That gap is nearly insurmountable, and negatively affects their chances of graduating high school.
Books for Keeps bridges the gap by giving them books – high-quality, exciting books with contemporary titles. It’s a strategy proven to have a similar impact to attending summer school, but at a fraction of the cost. Plus, it’s super fun and we loved being part of this.
Seeing the excitement each child had about picking out THEIR books and then wanting to sit down with us right away to start reading together was beyond fun. 3tree fully supports Books for Keeps and their mission to bridge the gap caused by lack of access to reading material over the summer and we were thrilled to be part of this initiative.
To learn more about Books for Keeps, visit their website at http://booksforkeeps.org.