TEPF Books for Kids Program
The gift of literacy and books to call their own

 

Unfortunately, there is a growing number of Canadian children living in lower income families where food and shelter needs take priority over learning and books in the home. Learning can’t happen without the tools and resources needed to acquire the skill. In addition, due to budget reductions and changes, public education programs continue to be underfunded and/or cut.

In response to this growing need in our community for books TEPF has launched the new Books for Kids Program. Statistics show that literacy and education are cornerstones to success in life. TEPF is proud to be able to supply books to children who need them most.

Books for Kids Calgary sponsored by Calgary Flames will be providing books to identified higher needs schools in Calgary.

Books for Kids Sturgeon County sponsored by North West Redwater Partnership will be providing books to all grade 3 students in the Sturgeon County area and Alexander First Nation.

Thank you for bringing the joy of reading to Alberta children!

The Facts

Almost 25% of Canadian households don’t have a single book. Low literacy levels place children at a disadvantage that perpetuates poverty.”

More than one third of Canadian public-school students live in low-income households”

Many schools in economically disadvantaged communities in Canada can only afford one new library book a year for every three children.”

30% of Grade 3 Canadian students lack basic literacy skills.”

Poor educational outcomes are tied to future poverty, unemployment, illness and crime.”

We will be expanding this program and are looking for new partners who are passionate about literacy. You can make all the difference to a child who needs a book to call their own.

For more information about this program contact: Cleo Howe cleo.howe@tepf.ca

It costs $20 to get a book in the hands of student who needs a book in their home. Please consider donating.