Junior League of The Woodlands hosts Literacy Carnival, Donates over 1400 Books
THE WOODLANDS, TX – For more than a decade, Junior League of The Woodlands’ Literacy Carnival has been promoting literacy to children of the Aldine community. This year’s event, held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, hosted over 445 attendees at the Aldine Hope Center. The attendees were all registered with the Buckner Foundation, an organization who works with impoverished families in the Aldine area.
The mission of Literacy Carnival is to promote literacy and foster a love of reading at home. Children enjoyed story time and journaling, a visit from local author Melissa Williams, and a mobile station where they could register for a library card. In addition to face painting, balloon animals, games, and prizes, each reader took home 5 books to begin building their own home libraries.
Families were treated to a carnival-themed lunch, complete with hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, chips, drinks, and smoothies. Additional activities included a visit from the police K-9 Unit, a petting zoo, and a photo booth. Finally, the event ended with a drawing for three $25 Walmart gift cards. Both the Junior League volunteers and the attending families left with smiles on their faces.
“Increasing literacy is an important component in improving our community – higher literacy rates are directly tied to success in life. Our Literacy Carnival is a day filled with books, stories, and family fun that reaches an underserved audience in their own neighborhood. It is a joy for JLTW to provide this service and share our love of reading with these families,” says Laura Bomer, JLTW 2017-2018 President.
Following a successful Literacy Carnival, the League will shift their efforts to collecting clean, gently used books, which will stock Aldine Hope’s libraries and English as a Second Language programs. In the spring, the volunteers will participate in “Hats Off to Reading” at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Their hope is that each event held and each book donated will cultivate a lifelong passion for reading in a child.
Junior League of The Woodlands is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For more information on Junior League of The Woodlands, visit www.jlthewoodlands.org.
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