The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida is seeking community volunteers to exchange letters and books with children as part of their Literacy Buddies program.

Online PR News – 05-March-2010 – – What if you could help a child in Southwest Florida learn to read and write just by sending them a book and a letter? You can! The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida is continuing their program, Literacy Buddies, and is need of buddies, or volunteers.
A Literacy Buddy agrees to receive letters from a child in an early learning facility served by the Early Learning Coalition. The Buddy will in turn, send a letter and a high quality book to this child in response. This exchange may take place several times over the course of a school year. The purpose is to teach children about correspondence, communication and instill appreciation of reading. For some of children, this provides the only opportunity to have books of their own at home.
Literacy Buddies has direct, measurable results. In nearly every case the child’s communication skills are positively impacted and visible via letters and verbal communication changes. You can be directly involved in enriching the lives of many children through your participation in this program!

In existence for two years, Literacy Buddies exists to help young, pre-elementary school aged children develop and excel in literacy. In the past year 1,100 children were matched with Literacy Buddies and there are currently 220 children ready for matching. For more information on the Literacy Buddies initiative or to download an application, please visit http://www.elcofswfl.org/downloads-literacy_buddy_project.php.

The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida exists to enhance the quality of children's lives by providing low income families, early childhood educators, care-givers and community partners in Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties, with opportunities to positively impact the future. For details on our many services or to donate, please visit http://www.elcofswfl.org or call (239) 267-4105.