Committee chairman Donna Giles began the Jan. 16 meeting with an update of literacy surveys to be sent out to a cross section of Jones County students. The surveys are one of the steps required for Jones County to be accepted into the state Certified Literate Community Program. Secretary Natalie Smith said the surveys were ready but were not distributed before Christmas break.
Committee member Hoyt Brown presented an update about Ferst Foundation books, which are mailed to Jones County children monthly. The purpose of the program is to get books in households with small children to encourage them being read to the youngsters.
He said 60 new headstart students have been added to the program this year. Since the Rotary Club began funding books for local children from birth to age 5 in 2008, Brown said 5,000 books have been placed into the hands of preschoolers in Jones County.
In addition to the headstart students, he said 55 children have been signed up through the WIC program. Brown explained that the Jones County Board of Education agreed to fund 100 children in the WIC program for the Ferst Foundation books.
“In your heart, you have to feel like these books are making a difference,” Brown said.
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