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Student coin drive raises nearly $5K for Ferst Readers of Bulloch County
Posted 11/19/19

Ferst Readers of Bulloch CountyBulloch County Schools’ students collected $4,847.68 in change and donations this fall to support Ferst Readers of Bulloch County. One of the school district’s key literacy partners, Ferst Readers mails free books and literacy materials each month to more than 850 children who are five-years-old and younger. Over 5300 elementary students and teachers from the school district’s nine elementary schools participated in the competitive coin drive. The combined efforts resulted in 600 pounds of change. Synovus Bank of Statesboro volunteered to count the change from nearly 300 different classrooms.


Ferst Readers provided each school’s top collection class with a pizza party, and the overall top class, which was Ms. Misty Anderson’s fifth-grade students at Sallie Zetterower Elementary, will participate in a customized writing workshop taught by Georgia Southern University’s Writing and Linguistics Department. Bulloch County Schools and Ferst Readers have partnered to address pre-school literacy in our community.

 

In 2017, the school district surveyed more than 400 parents who have children under eight-years-old and discovered that over 50 percent did not have access to language resources, lacked access to the local library, and had less than 10 books in their home. Additionally, Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) data for the district’s kindergarten students showed that only 75 percent of children have the expected early-language skills for their age, and there are pockets of school zones where it dips to 50 percent. This affects academic achievement levels throughout early elementary as teachers work diligently to ensure all children read on grade level by the end of third grade.

 

Ferst Readers is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The program costs $36 per child per year and is entirely funded from local donations. For information or to register a child, visit
www.ferstreaders.org.