Studies have shown that having books in the home may be the greatest indicator–beyond race, economic status or parents’ education level–in determining a child’s educational achievement. But the reality is that many of our students don’t have access to books outside the walls of their schools. LEEF is committed to ensuring that every home in Leander ISD has a selection of age-appropriate books available. 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 collects thousands of new and gently used 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 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 a child’s face as they get to pick out their own free book to take home, is priceless.