First Book Program - Port Colborne Optimist Club

Serving the residents of Port Colborne since 1986
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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
in a book
and you will see
and magic
and mystery.
in a book
and you will find
and nonsense
of every kind.
in a book
and you will know
the things
that can help you grow.

Ivy O. Eastwick
Last Updated June 17, 2022
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