Feb 13, 2012 7:44 PM by Herbie Smith
You can give the gift of literacy to Acadiana's children by taking part in the 2012 day of literacy book drive Thursday. KATC and United Way are reaching out to you for help in this community-wide book drive. The books you donate will help build school libraries and help children improve their reading skills. First and second grade books are preferred. The day of literacy drive is Thursday.
For the past four months Lana Fontenot has been volunteering at S.J Montgomery Elementary School. Once a week she spent an hour reading to a couple of fourth grade boys and they read to her. "It was pretty surprising to see how far behind they were in their reading skills," Fontenot said. She said one student was struggling with a reading comprehension exam, but in a matter of weeks his scores improved. "The literacy coach has noticed a difference it has made, the tutor has noticed and for sure the teacher has noticed," Fontenot said. Giving the gift of literacy is rewarding for Fontenot; she believes reading will forever benefit their lives. "You're able to make a difference and show children that you care. You just have to have a love for children and a love for reading and the rest just magically happens."
If you choose to shop at Barnes and Noble, starting today a percentage of your purchase will help students in the Acadiana parish of your choice. Thursday we'll be spread out across Acadiana collecting new and gently used books to donate to public school libraries. The list of the new books the schools are requesting are at Barnes and Noble on Johnston street.
KATC reporters will read to children at Barnes and Noble at 7:00 p.m. On February 14 and February 15.