Tallahassee Chapter of The Links Donates Books to Head Start Program

The Tallahassee Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is proud to help close the literacy gap in the community by donating over 150 books to the Head Start program at the Region Community Action Agency. capital city.

This service project was part of a nationwide £7,500 challenge to support The Links, Incorporated’s 43rd National Assembly, to be held virtually, and in Baltimore, Maryland, June 29-July 3, 2022.

The Links, Incorporated has joined national partners Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF), Scholastic, Georgia-Pacific and the We Can Do This campaign, to tackle early childhood literacy through a massive book challenge .

The goal was to donate at least 7,500 new or lightly used reading and math books for K-3 students to Head Start centers across the United States and comparable sites in the Bahamas. and in the UK. However, the number of books donated nationally was over 30,000 books to over 271 Head Start classrooms.

“Each local has been asked to donate 26 books to their local Head Start program; but we were thrilled to deliver over 150 books,” said Kimberly Hankerson, president of the Tallahassee chapter of The Links. “Together, we are closing the literacy gap and helping children progress in mastering other subjects and grade levels. Closing the literacy gap at an early age means our young people can do better in school in the future. »

Links chapters across the country have also been encouraged to host either an in-person reading session for students at a Head Start Center or a virtual reading session. Maura Byrd, corresponding secretary for the Tallahassee chapter of The Links, read the following two books during a Zoom event to students in the agency’s Head Start program: “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers and “Ten Black Dots” by Donald Crews.

After the Zoom reading, several members of the Tallahassee chapter of The Links went to the Capital Region Community Action Agency and presented the books to staff to give to the students.

Later, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, the 43rd National Assembly’s Community Service Project Day, the Tallahassee Chapter of The Links and other chapters across the country posted photos of their efforts on social media.

“We are delighted with the books that have been donated to Head Start and will ensure that the children have these books in their hands to take home to read and share with their families. These are beautiful books that have been written, illustrated and feature people of color,” said Venita Treadwell, Early Childhood Development Manager, Capital Area Community Action Agency.

Dr. Christine Jenkins, Chair of the Youth Services Committee, led the effort for the Tallahassee chapter of The Links, Incorporated. She said working with the Head Start program on this effort “will help inspire young people to love reading as much as we do. Having the opportunity to participate virtually with the students in the summer program was extremely meaningful. She expressed her gratitude for the strong and effective collaboration between nonprofits and The Links to ensure “we improve the lives of our future leaders.”

As part of their commitment to our partnership and community service project, BSBF also provided a Links-BSBF co-branded literacy kit to donate to the Head Start agency. Each kit contained storybooks, an educational program and children’s activities as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste.

The Links, Incorporated is an international non-profit corporation, established in 1946. Membership consists of over 16,000 professional women of African descent in 292 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas , and the United Kingdom.

Established in 1951, the Tallahassee Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has the distinction of being the first chapter established in the State of Florida and has made significant contributions to improving the lives of young people and their families in the communities of Tallahassee and Gadsden through his community. service and philanthropic efforts.

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