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We Partner with Social Service Agencies and Title I Schools to get Books and Revolutionary Programming to Kids Who Need It!
How many books did you have when you were growing up? How many books do your kids have? While many children have or will have more books than there are days in a year, Promising Pages estimates there are-
More than 60,000 kids growing in the Greater Charlotte area who have few, if any age-appropriate books at home.
Fact: According to the U.S. Department of Education, these children are now 3 to 4 times more likely to drop out of high school. Yet there are hundreds of thousands of books sitting on shelves simply collecting dust after other area kids have outgrown them. For more facts click here.
Let’s turn those precious pages over to new hands and make a positive difference in our community!
Our process is simple and the results have been amazing, making this perhaps one of the most solvable complex social issues of our day.
Promising Pages is a Charlotte, NC non-profit organization that takes books children have outgrown and gives them new life and a new purpose. At our donated SouthEnd warehouse, volunteers and interns collect, sort, clean, wrap, label and finally redistribute hundreds and even thousands of books each week. Our mascots, Erm the Book Worm and Erma the Book Worma, place these books directly into the hands of children who need and want to read them. These wrapped presents create such excitement in the children that many are changed for life. Our books and programs have the potential to turn ordinary children into enthusiastic self-proclaimed bookworms who simply can’t get their hands on enough books. A teacher recently summed up the change in her students:
“The students are reading because they want to instead of a teacher telling them to read. The students say they like to read now so they can become what they want we they grow up.”
Our mission in simple. Imagine the possibilities if we could offer this to all at-risk children in the Charlotte area…and beyond! For every $10 we raise we are able to provide a stack full of age-appropriate books and Magic Book Party programming to a child who really needs it. Please consider making a donation today. These are our children, this is our community, and they DESERVE our investment. Will you help us change the world one child, and one book at a time?