The focus of the Literacy Committee is to improve reading, writing, and communication skills of individuals and children in our community. Literacy improvement has been identified by the Junior League of Lake Charles as one of our top three local needs. We support reading programs in our partner schools and community. You can also find us bringing a Literacy focus to other League functions – like Truckfest in March where we give participating children free books about trucks! Our committee is constantly researching new opportunities for literacy development and working to develop supplemental reading programs in our area.
Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, the Junior League partnered with Maplewood Elementary & Maplewood Middle School to pair 1st graders struggling with reading comprehension with 8th grader reading tutors. The committee’s goal is to increase literacy and academic confidence at both levels. The Literacy Committee provides tutoring binders and facilitates the implementation and management of a 30 minute, twice per week program. 1st grade teachers have seen an improvement in the children’s reading abilities, as well as a positive impact on their reading confidence. Maplewood has been a joy to work with on this impactful literacy program and the league is grateful for their support and partnership.
Eva Kor Mobile Library
For the past few years, the Literacy Committee has rotated a mobile library of Holocaust survivor Eva Kor’s book, Surviving the Angel of Death to classrooms all over Calcasieu Parish. The book readings and lessons have also been supplemented with trucks of artifacts and content-rich iPads from the Houston Holocaust museum.