SKKC Childhood Literacy Program

The Siesta Key Kiwanis Club believe reading gives children a Superpower. Our Club has invested in children’s literacy for several years through the Early Learning Coalition’s Literacy Buddy Program©. Through this collaboration we’ve learned just how important literacy is to the life success of children. Our membership is increasing, allowing us to expand our literacy program. Beginning in the fall of 2020, we are making children’s literacy our Club’s highest priority.

Working with partner schools and child-centered non-profits, the Siesta Key Kiwanis Club will provide books and resources designed to promote literacy in schools and at home. The program begins with an initial donation of 35 age-appropriate books to Title 1 school libraries. It continues with donations to school sponsored “book fairs”, where children can select books for their home libraries. Additional book donations are scheduled at various times during the school year.
Our program invites Kiwanis High School Key Clubs to work with us by identifying locations to place and distribute books to reach young children. Some locations already identified include laundromats, hair salons, and pediatric clinics - locations beyond pre-schools. In this way, we can achieve a greater ongoing literacy impact across the Sarasota / Manatee County region.
We invite you to join us in this program and improve the life outcomes of the children we touch.