Books, Boys N'Cuts
Through this program locally, we bring African American men into the barbershops to conduct fun and energetic story time, we provide free food, goodie bags and books. We also are attempting to provide a bin of books in several barbershops. We are currently reaching out to the rural community of the Eastern Shore of Virginia which is a low-income area with the Books, Boys ‘N Cuts program. This is in direct support with past President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative (MBK).
Our goal is to fulfill the first two of the six MBK milestones, which are:
Getting a Healthy Start and Entering School Ready to Learn - All children should have a healthy start and enter school ready – cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.
Reading at Grade Level by Third Grade - All children should be reading at grade level by age 8 – the age at which reading to learn becomes essential.
Read Across America
In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea. "Let's create a day to celebrate reading," the group decided. "We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don't we do something to get kids excited about reading? We'll call it 'NEA's Read Across America' and we'll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss's birthday." And so was born on March 2, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen.
We began celebrating Read Across America in 2015 at local elementary schools. Our board chooses a school to adopt each year and along with volunteers, we provide reading every year. With generous donations, we purchase books for students to receive FREE books.
Community Story Time
Our signature program is Community Story Time. This is set up throughout Washington, DC, Prince George's & Charles Counties in Maryland. Because we believe representation matters, during these story times, we provide various readers from various backgrounds. We also give out books with various characters that reflect the populations, cultures and religions of children and their families in the United States.
After story time, age appropriate arts and crafts are done under the guidance of volunteers and the children are then give the opportunity to shop for free books. We love that immigrant families value our community story times just as much as their children do.
International Literacy Day
International Literacy Day. 8 September. International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world's remaining literacy challenges.
We have participated in International Literacy Day since our inception. We partnered with the Baltimore Ravens, The Washington Redskins, The Magic Johnson Foundation, Kiwanis International, Chick fil-A and other organizations to ensure children not only in the United States but children in the Bahamas, Jamaica and India received free books for ownership and their reading pleasure.