Literacy

Literacy opens doors and improves quality of life. But for economically disadvantaged students, books are in short supply. It is estimated that the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is 13 to one, while in low-income areas, the ratio is one book for every 300 children. The aim of our literacy programs is to help narrow this gap, encourage new readers and inspire a love of exploring the world through books.

Book fairs held each semester, during which students can choose two appropriate level books to take home while volunteers read to students

Books and stuffed “buddies” used in Pre-K through 2nd grade classrooms to bring comfort and security to children as they learn to read

STEM themed books and interactive demonstrations, delivered in cooperation with the Saint Louis Science Center, to promote interest in STEM studies