By Karen Daniels
The road to students dropping out unfortunately starts long before high school. Thankfully, organizations like ACHIEVE Fort Bend County, a collaboration of businesses, education, and community leaders are committed to dropout prevention and recovery. President, Lucia Street said, “When Jack Molho asked me if I knew of any place that could use hundreds and hundreds of books that had become available through Toys For Tots, districts like Stafford MSD, Fort Bend ISD, and Lamar CISD, quickly came to mind.”
The districts all have early childhood, family literacy, and other special programs that could utilize and benefit from the reading material, especially when cuts are being implemented in education funding. Lucia Street explains why early reading is so important. “The typical middle class child enters first grade having been read to about twenty-fiver hours. One in four low income children have less than 10 books in their homes. Being able to read is a necessary foundation for further education.”
Hard backs and paperbacks, children’s books and classics for teens were donated to the districts in huge crates. Also benefitting from this donation were the Literacy Council of Fort Bend and Fort Bend Juvenile Probation. What a wonderful gift to Fort Bend County from Toys Fort Tots.