When research found that 60 percent of homes do not have a single book in them, some local citizens got together and decided to make sure that statistic does not hold true in Coweta County. In 2006, the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy celebrated the kick-off of its free book program in Coweta County. The program, which is co-sponsored by CLICK (Certified Literate is Coweta's Key) and Stepping Stones, is dedicated to getting books and literacy support services into the homes of young children, at absolutely no cost to the family, to prepare all Georgia preschool children for reading and learning success. The Ferst Foundation will provide a free book each month to every registered child in Coweta County under the age of 5. Each age-appropriate, hard cover book is mailed directly to the child. Early results of this program show an increase in the pass rate on the kindergarten readiness test from 45% to 90% in just four years.
For more information about this program and other literacy efforts or to learn about volunteer opportunities with the Ferst Foundation, contact: