To The Daily Sun,
The school buses have started rolling – a visual sign that summer has ended – and with that came the end of Got Literacy's third year. It was wonderful to have the assistance of many volunteers this year as well as the support of community organizations and businesses.
Through the Got Lunch grocery bag delivery system, Got Literacy! Laconia sent out about 6,300 literacy sheets - everything from crossword puzzles, to brainteasers, to directions for making paper helicopters. The Laconia Public Library generously provided the copying of those handouts. Several volunteers helped with this effort by collecting the printed pages from the library, collating them, counting them into stacks for the 12 delivery routes, and bringing them to Got Lunch on Mondays.
In July, 89 kids and 29 parents attended a storytelling event and book give-away at the Laconia Library, which was sponsored jointly by the Laconia Library and the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF). Got Literacy volunteers helped by putting up advertising fliers around town and by chaperoning at the event.
Got Literacy distributed almost 1,000 books to Laconia kids this summer. Some of these were new books purchased through a grant from Altrusa. All were stored until delivered in space provided by the Congregational Church. Many folks assisted in the distribution by sorting the books into age categories and then bagging them (in sturdy bags provided by Market Basket) for the families on the 12 delivery routes. A couple of individuals assisted in delivering those books to homes around town. Some recipient families shared that they continued the good will by subsequently handing the books on to other readers.
We gave away about 350 boxes of crayons along with coloring pages one week, and volunteers helped by bagging them and counting them out for the routes.
None of this would have happened without the structure of the Got Lunch! Laconia program and the support of their board and volunteers. What a fabulous program that provides summertime food to the children of Laconia. We thank them for the space to provide sustenance to minds as well as bellies!
So thanks again to all of our supporters!
With a great deal of gratitude,
Directors of Got Literacy! Laconia
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