My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Pages And Chapters, Kansas City, MO, USA
The Rewards of Giving Back to Pages & Chapters
I began working with Pages & Chapters in 2013, two years after the official start up. Pages & Chapters is a literacy nonprofit based in Kansas City, Missouri, with a vision of providing support, resources, and encouragement to Title 1 families in order to foster critical literacy skills in existing family units. They do this by hosting a program called Open Books, which is family literacy workshops offered to K-5 students and their parents. The main idea is for parents and kids to work together to practice literacy strategies in a workshop-type setting. The Open Books curriculum is available for free download on their website for community members or teachers to implement.
The last three years with this nonprofit are the most rewarding years of my life. I have learned so much about what it takes to foster a love of reading and about how important literacy skills are to everyday life. Because of my time with Pages & Chapters, I give to them as much as I possibly can. The time and effort put in by all the individuals who help to write the curriculum, run the Open Books workshops, and who keep spreading the love of reading, inspires me to give back. It costs each school that runs Open Books $400 and it is vital to keep Open Books in current schools, plus spread awareness to even more schools.
It means so much to give back to this nonprofit because I can see the happiness on a child’s face after completing a session of Open Books with improvements to their literacy skills. It is the most rewarding feeling having a child read a book that they were unable to read just a few weeks before. I give back to Pages & Chapters because children are the future and I know that Pages & Chapters is the best opportunity they have for a successful one.