I was pondering several ways to introduce a new program I am very excited about and express in a clever manner my support and challenge to the 3rd Act community. My conclusion is to just lay it out up front and see if you are willing to step up and join me. The program is an endeavor created by Kimber Bishop Yanke to help 3rd and 4th-grade students receive reading help. New PJs and hot chocolate will be offered as a small enticement as well. The Book Buddy Program is a solution to a growing educational need for children that have lost valuable school time due to the pandemic, lack of affordable housing, and inconsistent school programs.
I have commented in several recent blogs and podcasts that my desire in 2021 is to increase awareness and participation in programs that will make a difference. The Book Buddy Program hits so many buttons for me it was just a natural response to say, ‘How can I help.’ Kimber’s idea of creating a volunteer base of high school students and other volunteers to read bedtime stories to children in Pontiac, Michigan, is magical and hits on this idea that our teenagers and friends want a way to give back to those that need our help.
I don’t think I need to explain the educational difficulties facing teachers and educators since the COVID pandemic caused all sorts of havoc for states, school districts, parents, and importantly, children. The current situation is a long way from anything resembling a normal education process. Children in Pontiac and many other communities all across the country are basically losing a year of education, if not more, because of the pandemic hardship. Anything volunteers and devoted educational supporters can do to ease the inequality burden is a no-brainer in my book.
To start off February 2021, I have asked Kimber to do another podcast with me to explain the Book Buddy Program in more detail and talk about her goals regarding the program. Naturally, we will review many of the accomplishments that Kimber has orchestrated through her Kids Empowered: On the Move charitable organization and discuss the many endeavors she is leading.
If you need a boost of inspiration, I invite you to listen to this podcast. Following the podcast, I have a simple question for you. Do you want to help make a difference in the lives of folks struggling to educate, feed, and clothe their children? If your answer is yes, then please consider making a donation today.
Listen to the podcast episode here!