Legacy of Literacy Day – a New Assistance League Event

Assistance League has decided to replace its participation in Make a Difference Day with its own special day to enhance childhood literacy. On the fourth Saturday of February 2018, chapters across the country will have their first “Legacy of Literacy” event in their own communities.

These events will be held because of the dismal statistics for children who have poor reading skills. According to the National Center for Education two thirds of the students who do not read proficiently by the end of fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare. In middle income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1. In low income households, the ratio decreases to one book for every 300 children.

The Albuquerque Chapter will hold its event at Mt. View Elementary. Laura Bartolucci, a local children’s author, will read her book and discuss being a writer. Each child will receive a book and a snack. A firetruck filled with all kinds of sports ball will be on campus. In addition to seeing the firetruck, each child will receive a ball.

It is hoped that this event will spark a life long interest in reading.