SAVANNAH, GA – September 25, 2023 – Family Promise has announced the launch of “The Backyard Readers,” a new initiative dedicated to encouraging and fostering a love for reading in children around the Coastal Empire. The nonprofit created the program to provide a nurturing environment where young readers can thrive, grow, and discover the joy of books. The exciting initiative will take place twice a month, catering to children between the ages of 3-10 years old. The first event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on October 14 at White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 10710 White Bluff Rd, Savannah, GA 31406.
Each event will begin with breathing and yoga exercises for all children, before the group is separated by age range for the reading activity. Children will read one book a month, provided by Family Promise, and engage in age-appropriate activities centered around the theme of the book. The program aims to ensure all material is engaging and accessible to their specific age and reading level. Snacks will also be provided as part of the event.
“We are thrilled to introduce this exciting and important initiative for the community to take advantage of,” said Katrina Bostick, Executive Director of Family Promise of the Coastal Empire. “It is crucial to foster a love of reading in the younger generations, and this program is a great way to provide children with a fun and interactive way to start their reading journey!”
Families, caregivers, and educators are encouraged to participate and share in the magic of reading throughout the program. In addition to the books provided by the nonprofit, a small library will be available for parents to browse the collection, read a magazine, or borrow a book. The nonprofit organization also encourages book and craft material donations, as well as volunteers interested in helping during the events.
Family Promise of the Coastal Empire works with host congregations to serve families with children facing homelessness. The organization recognizes that poverty is a complex problem that requires a multifaceted response. The nonprofit, serving Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties, respond by integrating educational outreach, effective policies, and the hands-on work of volunteers providing food, shelter, and support services.