JACKSON COUNTY - Read Aloud WV of Jackson County has received grant monies from The Community Foundation of Jackson County in order to purchase books for low income families as well as for their Snuggle & Read project.

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.

Children from homes containing more books perform better on tests in all subjects, often outscoring peers from homes with few books by as many as 40 points. Reading is the foundational skill of all knowledge and as Jim Trelease says, “It’s difficult to get good at reading if you’re short of print.” (Read Aloud Handbook)

Kerry Casto, a long time Read Aloud Volunteer comments “The Snak Pak program provides 130 low-income children in kindergarten to 12th grade with food for each weekend. Read Aloud WV of Jackson County will provide each student in the program with one book per month and through the following summer. A voucher for a book will be included in the paks enabling the students to select a book of their choice each month. With this program, we are enhancing education and opportunity in our county’s youth”.

“Snuggle and Read invites students and families to a workshop where the receive a “reading” blanket and 2 books of their choice. A short presentation provides information about the importance of reading aloud to children and the family’s role in education. Educational materials are provided. Children then hear stories read by a Read Aloud volunteer with early childhood education experience. This interaction entertains the children and helps them associate reading with pleasure, but it also demonstrates to parents that children enjoy the activity and are eager participants. We really enjoy the Suggle and Read program just as much as the children”, commented Janet McCauley, Jackson County Chapter Co-President. 

“Our community is very fortunate to have the Read Aloud WV in Jackson County program. They operate on grants and individual donations. I wish we could give them thousands upon thousands- just like any of our other great programs that enhance the health and well-being of our community. For this very reason, I encourage everyone to participate in JCCF, Inc. events, donate to our funds, or leave JCCF, Inc. a legacy gift. That is how the foundation gets our spending to grant monies to great programs such as Read Aloud WV of Jackson County. Help us increase the giving back to our community” commented Christy Crowell, Executive Director, JCCF, Inc.