Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's A Literacy Buddy?

September is National Literacy Month and the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida is seeking volunteers for their 2014-2015 Literacy Buddies Program. Take a small step to help a Southwest Florida child learn to read and write!

Volunteers, called Literacy Buddies, agree to receive letters and book requests from a child in an early learning facility served by the Early Learning Coalition. The Buddy will in turn respond by sending the child a letter and a quality book. The children learn literacy skills through correspondence, and develop an appreciation of reading. These exchanges take place three times

In existence for the past six years, the Literacy Buddies program provides children with high quality books to start home libraries. For some of the children, this program is their only opportunity to have books of their own.

For more information on the Literacy Buddy Program initiative or to download an application to be a Buddy, direct questions by email to

The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida exists to enhance the quality of children's lives by providing low-income families, early childhood educators, caregivers and community partners in Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties, with opportunities to positively impact the future. For details on services or to donate, visit or call  (239) 935-6194.

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