Little Rock, AR — Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is launching Books 4 Kids, a program designed to get books into the homes and hands of Arkansas kids who do not have access to them. Learning to read is critical to a child’s success – both in school and in life. Literacy is one of the best predictors of a child’s future success. But a child without access to books won’t have the chance to become an engaged and capable reader. That’s where Books 4 Kids comes in.
“Through the generosity of Arkansans, Goodwill has the supply of donated children’s books. We are uniquely positioned to meet this need in our state. With Books 4 Kids, now we can engage and train volunteers to sort the books according to grade levels. Then we can provide them back to students who need them through our partnership with local schools,” said Goodwill President & CEO Brian Itzkowitz.
Price is the #1 barrier to book ownership. One study found that in middle income neighborhoods the ratio is 13 books per child; in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one book for every 300 children. The statistics are sobering.
“We are excited to be able to provide access to books at such a critical time in Arkansas children’s development,” said Goodwill President & CEO Brian Itzkowitz. “Statistics prove that children who grow up with books in their homes reach a higher level of education. This is clearly a key issue that will affect the economic future of our state.”
Goodwill welcomes your donations of books, and is always in need of your gently used clothing and household items.
About Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of changing lives through education, training and employment. Revenue generated through the sale of reusable donated goods at Goodwill retail stores is used to create jobs and fund these critical training programs for Arkansans. Information may also be found at goodwillar.org.
Goodwill Industries of Arkansas