Reading is the foundation of all learning, but half of Orange County public school students are reading below grade level.
Access to books and supplies at home encourages students to explore and pursue their interests in learning. Studies have shown that children who grow up in homes with books tend to have higher academic achievement and score better on standardized tests. Yet, more than 50% of children identify their school library as their main source for books to read. This means their access to reading books is severely diminished when class is not in session.
This can especially impact children from low-income families, as they may not have access to the same resources and opportunities for reading and learning as their peers. This lack of access can widen the achievement gap between students when classes resume.
You can help local students today by starting a book drive at work or in the community, donating gently-used books your family have outgrown, and shipping new books straight to our warehouse from our Amazon Wish List!