To The Daily Sun,
We would like to express our appreciation to the greater Laconia community for helping to make our first year of "Got Literacy" a success.
In the summer of 2013, we three retired teachers volunteered for the first time in the outstanding, "Got Lunch, Laconia," program delivering lunches to deserving families. As we observed the widespread impact this program provided our Laconia children, we began a conversation about adding a literacy component to the weekly lunch deliveries. Throughout the winter we crafted a plan, and with the help of so many supporters in the community, we began to put in place our vision of "feeding the mind," in addition to feeding the belly.
Each week the Got Lunch volunteer packers slipped literacy materials into every bag. Included were various word searches, crossword puzzles, mazes, etc. We also provided information to parents to advocate reading to their children 20 minutes a day provided by Family Resource Center. One week we included two new books with each delivery. In addition, two new books were distributed to each child attending a storytelling event in mid-July sponsored jointly by Got Literacy, the Lakes Region Boys and Girls Club, and the Children's Literacy Foundation.
We would like to thank the many people who supported us in our efforts, whether through monetary donations or their gift of time in coordinating the distributions. Thank you to Laconia Altrusa and the Kiwanis Club for their generous book donations. A special thanks goes to the Laconia Library, particularly library Director Randy Brough and their dynamic children's librarian, Gail Drucker, for providing and funding all copy materials.
Got Literacy is already in the planning stages for next summer. We hope to expand the program by adding more stimulating materials and distributing additional books to combat the, "Summer Slide," that often occurs academically during the summer vacation months. We welcome your ideas and offers of book donations or financial help. Please feel free to contact us at 527-3744.
Kay Anderson, Laconia
Jane Hewitt, Laconia
Jan Streifer, Sanbornton
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