Our project is quite straight-forward. We provide reading materials to our partnered schools and local students that otherwise would not be available because of budgetary limitations and requirements. Furthermore, we intend to extend our community outreach to partner with additional schools in the state of Georgia.
The importance of literary – the ability to read, write effectively, and even to acquire basic math skills cannot be underestimated in the 21st century. This century is the Technological Age where rapid technological innovation and advancement are almost a daily occurrence. To succeed in life, and particularly in the life of the 21st century, means that literacy skills are directly linked not only to personal success but to economic viability and development, and to community well-being. In other words, literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being.
Studies show that for the United States to remain globally competitive we need 60-percent of our population to obtain a post-secondary degree by 2025. To achieve this, we must act now to give teachers, parents, families and caregivers the tools and motivation to build language, vocabulary and comprehension skills in young children, improving the literacy rate in Georgia and across the country.We recognize, as do many teachers and educational specialists that literacy is tied to everything we do and that connections in social situations and practices are very important in developing literacy skills in children.
The term literacy continues to evolve in the 21st century. It is also about being intellectually, culturally, and electronically capable. In the workplace, it may mean being proficient in several computer programs, knowing how to research and solve complex problems, or handling multiple projects. From navigating the Internet to making health care-related decisions, literacy is evolving. Regardless of such an evolution, literacy is and remains essential to developing a strong sense of well-being and citizenship. Children who have developed strong reading skills perform better in school and have a healthier self-image. They become lifelong learners and sought-after employees.