Book Grant Delivers New Books to Flagstaff Children
Through LAUNCH Flagstaff's partnership with Read On Arizona, Flagstaff was selected to receive a grant of about 17,000 new children’s books to help local families create word-filled homes and promote reading and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation was from The Molina Foundation as part of its Book Buddies 2020 program to promote literacy.
Through its effort to improve literacy outcomes for children, LAUNCH Flagstaff has facilitated stronger collaboration between community literacy partners. This book grant is a product of that increased collective impact.
“This collaboration between The Literacy Center, the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library, and LAUNCH Flagstaff is a wonderful opportunity to give Flagstaff residents access to literacy materials that can help enrich their literacy efforts at home. During this trying time, we are grateful we can bring some level of joy and support to the community," said Dianna Sanchez, Executive Director of The Literacy Center.
The goal of the program is to provide resources to help children, parents, and caregivers throughout Arizona create word-filled homes through reading and learning together.
On Saturday January 16th, several volunteers from Christ's Church of Flagstaff spent three hours doing an initial sorting of books, which were commingled on six wooden pallets, into groups of like titles and common age groups.
This was the first phase of the sorting that was needed before bundles of books can be distributed to families with children aged 0-17.
"The primary goal of this effort is to get books into Flagstaff area homes that are disproportionately impacted by the effects of isolation, economic hardship, and remote school learning produced by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Paul Kulpinski, Partnership Director of LAUNCH Flagstaff.
Staff from the Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library and the Literacy Center are coordinating with area agencies and schools to help deliver books to the children in their networks. These agencies include:
The team is still waiting for confirmation from several other agencies which have been approached for participation. If your agency might like to support this effort, contact Paul Kulpinski at email@example.com.
- Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff
- Family Food Center Reading Room
- Cromer Elementary School
- Kinsey Elementary School
- Northern Arizona Healthcare Children's Health Center
- North Country Health Care
- Southside Neighborhood Association
Phase two of the sorting will take place on Saturday, January 23rd. This phase requires several medium sized boxes to ease the delivery process. If your organization can donate some of these, please reply to this email.
To learn more about Read On Arizona, visit: www.ReadOnArizona.org
To learn more about The Molina Foundation, visit: www.molinafoundation.org