Five community health centers in Idaho were awarded funds to participate in the OMG Books Award, a program aimed to providing children with books. Each child who comes into a health center for a wellchild visit will receive a book to add to their personal library. The program provides books to children until the age of 6, meaning they can receive up to 12 books for free, encouraging childhood development and fostering a love for reading.
Access to adequate resources is one of the greatest contributors to educational success in the United States, yet low-income communities across the U.S. are plagued by vast 'book deserts'—with one such community having only a single book per 830 children.1 Additionally, 90 percent of First Book member educators responding to a survey agreed that the children in their programs would be more enthusiastic readers if they had access to books with characters, stories, and images that reflect their lives and their neighborhoods.
"The profound depth of need in each and every proposal was truly heartbreaking, but the innovation and dedication displayed in each application gave us an equally profound sense of hope," said Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO, and cofounder of First Book. "For every child whose potential is compromised by the absence of resources, there is an educator working to put good books in the right places. We cannot underestimate how much that matters. Inspiring a life-long love of reading is essential, and that means creating regular access to books that kids want to read. That's what First Book does, and what the OMG Books Awards program aims to amplify—we spark the innovation that breaks down barriers to education."
To find out more about the program, check out the full article from PR Newswire.