While September is National Literacy Month, the Junior League of Washington celebrates literacy’s impact on children and communities year round. One committee that works tirelessly in this effort is Resolution Read. This committee volunteers at community events, tutors students, hosts story time at local libraries and donates thousands of reading materials annually to help all Washington, D.C., youth develop a lifelong habit of reading.
In the last year, Resolution Read has:
- Handed out 600 books in partnership with DC Scores!, a soccer and community service organization
- Distributed an additional 350 books through the DC Scores! Poetry Slam
- Donated books to the Literacy Lab, a tutoring program that encourages summertime reading for more than 200 D.C. students
- Volunteered at the recognition ceremony of the 2015 “Letters About Literature” essay contest; Letters About Literature is a project of The Center for the Book and the Library of Congress
- Assisted at workshops led by Turning the Page, an organization that works with D.C. Public Schools, families and communities to ensure students receive valuable resources and a quality public education
- Volunteered at the STAR Family Festival, an event that promotes early literacy and the importance of singing, talking and reading to children
One of Resolution Read’s largest events is its annual holiday book drive. In 2014, the committee delivered more than 1,000 books to several local organizations. Resolution Read will continue this holiday tradition with another major book delivery during the 2015 season.
These efforts are more than just donations of time or material. They are an opportunity to spark a love of reading and foster a desire for learning. That’s a gift shared by both the children and the members of Resolution Read all the months of the year.
The committee was created during the JLW’s centennial year and currently has more than 25 members striving toward the our League’s overall focus.