An area auto dealership is doing it’s part to encourage young children to learn to love reading.
Over the past two years, Fletcher Toyota has donated $26 hundred dollars to make the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program a possibility through the Joplin Library. The goal is to get kids to read a thousand books before they go to kindergarten.
After a parent, or parents read two hundred books to their children, those kids can pick out a book they get to keep. The program is open to any child or parent with a library card, as well as the Early Head Start program in Joplin.
“We understand that a lot of times poverty is a generational curse and there’s nothing that can break that curse than education and literacy,” says Jim Adams, Fletcher Toyota General manager.
“In partnership with the library, we provide books bags, there’s 5 individual books in each bag and our home visitors they take them out to the families on their visits and they encourage the families to read those books to their children,” says Stephanie Massey, Joplin Early Head Start supervisor.
Fletcher Toyota general manager, Jim Adams has also announced his dealership is going to fund the program for the coming year. Some of the books in the Early Head Start portion of the program are printed in Spanish.