Working alongside the United Way of Hall County, the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County is a proud supporter of their “Read, Learn, Succeed” Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to educate the community about the importance of reading to young children, ages prenatal through five. Reading to children from a very early age exposes them to language and vocabulary, which is a crucial factor when determining reading proficiency later on in elementary school. Children who are able to read proficiently are less likely to drop out of school, and therefore are provided with a multitude of opportunities after high school.
One of the ways that the League has supported these efforts is by having the board members build and paint a “Little Free Library” that is placed near the entrance of our building. The purpose of the library is to offer books to all members of the community where they can take what they would like and replace it or return it after reading. It houses books for children of all ages, and we encourage all JL members and non-members to visit it often!
Additionally, the League was honored to be a part of the 2015 United Way Summer Reading Program Kick-Off hosted by Elachee Nature Center. In partnership with several other organizations from Hall county, the League allowed children to explore with arts and crafts that related to the book “Amari’s Bike Adventure,” being distributed to all attendees by the United Way. We practiced stamping and coloring zoo animals in their habitats, as well as creating the Atlanta skyline with chalk on black construction paper. Kids and parents, and even some JL volunteers, all loved getting to show-off their artistic skills!
The Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County is extremely passionate about continuing our involvement with the United Way as they prepare for the 2015-2016 Read, Learn, Succeed program. Check back often for updates about upcoming RLS events!
In the meantime, remember to keep reading! Be sure to check out some of these fun sites to create a reading-rich experience for your own family: