Literacy and Family Engagement
Literacy is vital in the struggle our of poverty and begins with the love of reading. CCSDFW develops programs and activities designed to instill excitement about books and reading in young children. Our chapter goal is to build a personal library for as many children as possible! Research shows that children who have access to print reading materials have better literacy outcomes (U.S. Department of Education).
In partnership with school districts and other organizations, we offer book fairs, tutoring, and family-friendly events to promote literacy and family togetherness, in an effort to foster the creation of a rich home literacy environment.
Christ Child Society of Dallas-Fort Worth currently provides and readers and mentors to Central and Mill Street Elementary Schools in Lewisville, via a partnership with Communities in Schools North Texas.
Shifts are minimally 30 minutes per week, on campus and range from 1:1 reading during recess to classroom help. No special skills are required, just patience and a willingness to help a child improve their reading ability.
Free Book Fairs
We believe every child should have their own personal library at home! We have started our "Free Book Fair" program to achieve that goal; we were able to offer four Free Book Fairs last year to the students of Mill Street and Central Elementary Schools.
In May of 2022, we will be holding a free book fair for Hedrick Middle School in Lewisville. We would like to invite you to help us by purchasing a book from their wish list. Please click here to place an order.
Early Literacy Bags
In partnership with Loreto House, we assemble bags filled with activities and books appropriate for infants and toddlers that inspire curiosity and promote mother/child bonding, as well as encourages a love of reading at an early age.
We partner with various organizations to put on family-friendly events with stations where the whole family can participate in a fun activity inspired by a book: crafts, games and food are included! Themes for these events are: "Books in Bloom" in Spring, "Campfire read" in the Fall, and "Winter Wonderland." The events normally take place on a Saturday morning or a weekday evening to allow for parents and siblings to attend and spend quality time together!