VENTURA, California (July 10, 2017) ― Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation announced today that it has received a major donation of 206 new children’s workbooks, activity books, and stories in support of its local efforts to promote literacy at home and provide learning resources for families in underserved communities.
The donation of books was made by The Molina Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Long Beach, CA, as part of its Families Learning Together literacy campaign taking place this summer across the country.
The campaign is designed to promote learning all summer long to help combat the “summer slide” where students lose academic group during the long break from school. Studies have shown that on average, students can lose two to three months in reading and math skills if not practiced during the summer. The Molina Foundation’s campaign coincides with the summer months when many young people, and their families, lose access to critical supports that keep them safe, healthy, and engaged in learning.
“This book donation is very helpful. As our homework clubs expand we hope to work with the local school districts to help improve reading skills,” said Cabrillo’s Director of Resident and Community Services Janice Aharon-Ezer. “Some of our children struggle in school because of reading and have little or no support at home because of language or other barriers. The children are excited about the thought of getting books of their own, and this will allow us to give them something that they can practice reading with at homework club and at home.
Cabrillo is planning to use the books in a variety of ways, the first of which is a special Family Day Health Fair in Piru on Saturday, July 22, said Aharon-Ezer. The books also are integral to homework club reading times, at health fairs and in a program where teens will be reading to younger students.
“We are deeply appreciative of this opportunity to support Cabrillo and its wonderful work to help children in their academic and personal achievement,” said Molina Foundation President and Founder Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett. “We know that giving out books and learning materials, especially in the summer months, will have a wonderfully positive impact on local families and communities.”
The Molina Foundation is dedicated to the mission of reducing disparities in access to education and health. Since 2004, the Foundation has partnered with more than 2,000 community organizations to fulfill its mission. It has donated more than 4 million new books and sponsored hundreds of reading workshops and literacy programs for educators and families.