Keep hope alive for Children in Shelters through a low-cost library

Replicate a low-cost library or bookstore for children in local shelters, community- or faith-based organizations, after-school programs or Salvation Army sites, contact Irene.Arellano@TTU.edu  To donate books or other resources for “The Worm Hole:  Where the Bookworms Go” at Lubbock Salvation Army’s library & bookstore for young children, contact RosaHernandez.Sheets@ttu.edu or 806-742-1997, x. 242. 

www.NAEHCY.org  The voice for the education of children & youth in homeless situations.  Collaborations among parents, adovcates, researchers & service providers to ensure school enrollment, attendance & overall success for children & youth whose lives lack the safety of permanent & adequate housing. 

www.FightCrime.org/issue_earlyed.php  High-quality, early education programs give kids the right start in life.

The cost of illiteracy: 70% of prison inmates are illiterate; 70% of Americans arrested are illiterate; 75% of unemployed adults are illiterate; 85% of juvenile offenders are illiterate; 86% of unwed pregnant teenagers are illiterate; 75% of school drop-outs are illiterate; illiteracy costs the U.S. $225+B in lost productivity; some states base the construction of future prisons on the second grader not reading at grade level (from Julee Becker, Lubbock Independent School District Reading First Initiative: 806-766-1050).

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