I know the behind-the-scenes work needed to reach diverse communities over a large geographical area. The 1000 X 5 achievements speak to a dedicated group of people working efficiently and making a nickel stretch.. Apart from the immediate impact of the books themselves, the collateral community impact—in terms of raising overall awareness about literacy and learning—is immeasurable..
Early Exposure To Books Is Critical For Development
Children begin to develop literacy skills at the same time as language skills: in early infancy.
Handling books, hearing stories, enjoying time with books is vital to the development of children’s literacy.
Families need books in the home to provide their children with this opportunity.
Reading to babies daily is the single most important variable in literacy development. And literacy is the single most important variable in economic and social success. Many South Island families own few books.
1000X5 is helping hundreds of children to become a member of the “literacy club.
As proud advocates of childhood literacy, our Rotary club fundraised for and worked with the best local childhood literacy organisation, 1000×5. We didn’t hesitate to work with 1000×5, as we knew that 1000×5 achieves real results that impact our local community in Greater Victoria.
The “1000 X 5” book donations have been such an asset to our program. We appreciate the amount of time the volunteers put into collecting, sorting, bagging, and delivering them… I wish each of you could see the children’s faces when they pick out their book bags or see a new box of books arrive! Every single child is grateful to have new books to take home and “read.” What I appreciate is the value inherently conveyed to the families by these donations—that spending time reading books to children is tremendously important. I have children who come to the program with the sole purpose of picking up a new bag of books. I have helped many a toddler out the door at the end of the day with a bag of books to ease the disappointment of leaving…
Coming from an upbringing of a single mother with a very limited income, I can’t recall a time in my childhood when I received a new book. I wish someone had thought of the concept of recycling books sooner. What you are doing is so wonderful and loving—providing books for children you don’t even know. I feel very privileged to have been a part of it.
I work with the Aboriginal community on reserve as an Infant Development Consultant and I use the 1000 X 5 books on every visit. My best story was when I read The Three Bears to a little 3 year old. He could not get over the little girl eating someone else’s breakfast. I had to read the book to him 3 times in order for him to get over the injustice of Goldilocks. But he could tell the story again to his dad when he came in from work!