SMART Family Literacy gave 32,537 books in Galveston County in 2020. With support from generous donors and volunteers, our SMART Book Bank has placed books in the hands and homes of children who need to read! We are grateful for the united spirit and collaboration of educators, parents, nonprofit organizations, volunteers and donors!
Children need books at home more than ever before. Even before the closing of schools in 2020, the number of age appropriate books in the home was a clear indicator of a child's future success in life academically and in business. Books are so much more than a predictor of income. The COVID19 version of home schooling meant no library access and no field trips. For children with insufficient technology access, or none at all, there was little or no school. In 2021, the technology divide continues to hamper those who were already disadvantaged.
During a normal summer, we encourage children to read 10 books to prevent the loss of reading skills while they are away from school. We hope children will find a way to read 20 books or more during any school break. Whether you home school by choice or learn at home with no other options, there is no better home schooling than reading books!
Children need books. We are continuing to work with professional educators and nonprofit organizers to unite books with children.