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Book Trust, Seattle Public Schools team up to deliver new books, help build literacy skills at West Seattle Elementary School
Book Trust and Seattle Public Schools teamed up Nov. 29 to pass out new books to West Seattle Elementary School students and to read with them to help build their literacy skills.
Book Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to building the literacy skills of children from low-income homes through book choice and ownership. West Seattle Elementary has participated in the Book Trust program since 2007, and since that time, students have been able to choose and own thousands of books.
Research indicates that children living in middle-income communities, on average, own 13 books. Yet, more than half of the children living in low-income communities do not have any books in their homes. In poverty areas, the ratio of books to children is one book per every 300 children. Without access to books, children will never develop the literacy skills necessary to be successful in school. Children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
Book Trust’s unique program of book choice and ownership sparks a love of reading and contributes directly to increasing literacy skills of children from low-income families — skills that are essential to developing habits for lifelong learning.