A student who cannot read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate high school by 19 than a child that does read proficiently by that time. Add poverty to the mix and a child is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient wealthier peer (reported by Education Week)
The Free Library Initiative program was developed as a way to address the need for encouraging and improving literacy skills in children in preschool – 4th grade. Reading aloud and bringing books into a child’s daily life is key to encouraging and developing the ability and love of reading which translates into creating a reader with a love of learning.
The program consists of a bimonthly read aloud program, exposure to a variety of quality children’s literature and the gift of a high quality age appropriate book, twice a month, to build the child’s personal home library and encourage care givers to read to their child and allow their child the opportunity to read to them.
Currently the Weisberg Family Foundation has two library programs running in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Donations are accepted for the purchase of new quality children’s books and launching additional programs. High Quality, gently used books are also accepted.