Studies have shown that having books in the home may be the greatest indicator–beyond race, economic status or parents’ education level–in determining that child’s educational achievement. But the sad reality is that too many of our students don’t have access to any books outside the walls of their schools. LEEF is committed to ensuring that every home in Leander ISD has a selection of age-appropriate children’s books available to our families. By focusing on our youngest learners, we hope to help children foster a love of reading and learning they can use throughout their lives.
Thanks to the generous support from a number of community groups, PTA’s, parents and local businesses, LEEF is able to collect thousands of new and gently used children’s books throughout the year. The volunteer effort continues as our team of teacher volunteers sorts through the donations and divides them by grade-level in our LEEF Book Library. We then work with district reading specialists, as well as local charities, to get these books into the hands of our highest need students and their families through school literacy nights, summer reading initiatives, the weekend food backpack program, holiday gifting projects and more.
Seeing the look on every single child’s face, as they get to pick out their very own free book to take home, is truly priceless.
Please contact us if you would like to partner for a book drive event to support our early literacy initiative.