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Blast Off For Books


The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Houston Literacy Campaign

Help us collect 100,000 books for the children of Houston.  The Gathering will be collecting books for students in Pre-K through 6th grade.

The Gathering has recognized the need to lift up literacy in Houston. Building a foundation of literacy starts before entering Kindergarten. Students who read at home become strong writers, critical thinkers, and more successful students than those who do not. Houston Independent School District estimates that 74% of the students in the district come from families who struggle to provide books for their children. This means the students begin each school year at a disadvantage. In joining the Gathering’s Blast Off for Books campaign, you will help ensure bright futures for Houston’s students. The books you donate will be distributed at community book fairs, camps and other events around the city as part of the Gathering’s Service Learning experience. By putting books in the hands of Houston’s economically disadvantaged students, you can help change lives.

The partners at the Houston Independent School District identified specific books for Gathering participants to bring to Houston.  

3 in 5 Houston children lack reading-readiness skills when entering kindergarten.

1 in 4 Houston children do not meet minimum standards in Grade 3.

2 in 5 Houston youth fail reading and writing exams required for graduation on first administration.

1 in 5 Houston adults are functionally illiterate.

Click HERE for the list.

Please consider purchasing a book for the BLAST OFF FOR BOOKS campaign we are participating in to support literacy in Houston, TX. We will be delivering these books at the ELCA Youth Gathering this summer. You can purchase directly from our Amazon Wish List or you can select a book from the list and purchase locally and drop it off here at Immanuel. Books purchased from the list will ship directly to the church if you choose.

Click HERE to access our Amazon Smile account.