THE ISSUE: New JCCF funs will support Child Literacy, Read Aloud
LOCAL IMPACT: The new fund is intended to be a long-term endowment fund, meaning that it will last forever! The Child Literacy advocates for Jackson County will use this fund to sustain reading programs for children, provide books with the Snuggle & Read Program, and any other child literacy projects in our communities.

The Community Foundation of Jackson County recently added a new fund to its collection of community funds. The Child Literacy/Read Aloud Fund shall be used and distributed for the purpose of supporting reading programs throughout Jackson County, WV.

  The new fund is intended to be a long-term endowment fund, meaning that it will last forever! The Child Literacy advocates for Jackson County will use this fund to sustain reading programs for children, provide books with the Snuggle & Read Program, and any other child literacy projects in our communities. 

   Fifty-three percent of Jackson County’s eighth graders are not proficient in reading, according to data from Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Center. Children who struggle to read cannot thrive academically and are more likely to struggle with basic life skills. They are more likely to drop out of school and less likely to be employed as adults. Poor readers are also more likely to engage in substance abuse and require social services according to the World Literacy Foundation.

  “Community members came together to start this new fund to ensure that the Read Aloud program and other child literacy projects would continue to thrive and make a lasting impact on our youth. They are in the process of building this fund to reach endowment. It is our hope that eventually the Child Literacy Programs and Read Aloud projects can work off the interest of the fund to purchase needed supplies. In doing so, the fund will last forever as will the program”, commented JCCF, Inc. Executive Director Christy Crowell. 

 Arlene Kuryla, a long time Read Aloud Volunteer comments “Reading is an introductory skill for learning and maintaining all knowledge. The youth of Jackson County need the Child Literacy and Read Aloud programs as a supplement to the general public education received through our school systems.”

 Kerry Casto, a long time Read Aloud Volunteer comments “With this new fund to help sustain our literacy programs, we are enhancing education and opportunity in our county’s youth”.

  Janet McCauley is the Read Aloud Jackson County Chapter President. “We have to have resources to keep our child literacy programs running. This new fund will help provide funding for our projects forever. We are delighted to partner with the Community Foundation of Jackson County and are extremely thankful that community members have helped us start our new fund”.

 “Our community is very fortunate to have individuals that want to carry on efforts to help our youth become well versed, educated and productive citizens. I am very pleased to see that we are able to start this fund to make this a long term sustainable project for Jackson County”, commented Crowell. “I hope that we encourage other community members to give to the fund and help them meet the goal of endowment.”

  Gifts to support the Child Literacy and Read Aloud Fund are tax acknowledged and can be mailed to JCCF, Inc., 108 North Church Street, Ripley, WV  25271.  

 Questions regarding this fund or other Foundation funds can be directed to Christy Crowell, Foundation Director at 304-372-4500 or christyjccf@frontier.com.