Over $250,000 Worth of New Books Donated to PHILADELPHIA READS
On February 20, 2015, GreaterGood partnered with Capstone Community Fund to contribute over $250,000 worth of new books to PHILADELPHIA READS! The 15 pallets of books that were donated will help sustain the organizations Book Bank, which is used by educators across the Philadelphia region.
The event was held at a local elementary school and attendees described it as an absolutely powerful experience. There were tables loaded with books for children to browse. Their joy was obvious as they were presented these books to take home with them.
Along with the Book Bank, which supplies at least 350 books per class each year, PHILADELPHIA READS also works to support the literacy needs of children with the Summer READS program.
This program was set up to prevent the “summer slide,” when children lose learned material from not being academically engaged. With an estimated 55% of 4th graders in the Philadelphia School District reading below proficiency, this program is critical to strengthen the literacy skills of children in the community. It has proven to be a successful initiative, as 82% of students showed growth and improvement with their literacy skills at the end of the program.
We’d like to extend our thanks to Capstone Community Fund for partnering with GreaterGood to help make this event possible. It was an honor to bring so many books to these children and support such an amazing organization.