First Book Program - Port Colborne Optimist Club

PORT COLBORNE OPTIMIST CLUB

Serving the residents of Port Colborne since 1986

Port Colborne Optimist Club
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Understanding the Need
In low-income households, schools, and communities, books and educational resources are scarce. Kids start school behind their more affluent peers and never catch up. Their educational and economic prospects suffer, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
A record number of kids are growing up in need.
  • More than 1/3 of Canadian public school students live in low income households.
Public education and programs are deeply underfunded.
  • Many schools in economically disadvantaged communities in Canada can only afford 1 new library book a year for every 3 children.
Without adequate resources, children can not learn.
  • 30 percent of Grade 3 Canadian students lack basic literacy skills.
The impact of this cycle of can be staggering.
  • Poor educational outcomes are tied to future poverty, unemployment, illness and crime.


First Book Canada and our local club
have formed a partnership
to distribute free books to promote reading.


Look in a Book
 
Look
in a book
and you will see
words
and magic
and mystery.
 
Look
in a book
and you will find
sense
and nonsense
of every kind.
 
Look
in a book
and you will know
all
the things
that can help you grow.

 
Ivy O. Eastwick
Oakwood Public School Book Donation to Students
January 2019
Oakwood School Book Donation
Updated April 18, 2019
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