Every year, our corporate partners spend over 4,000 hours volunteering their time and talents to Easter Seals North Georgia. Volunteers read to and play with children, clean and sanitize classrooms or do something unique. One such group was from Turner Broadcasting.
Employees across Turner Broadcasting System – which includes CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Turner Sports and many more – donated more than 2,000 books for infants to five-year-old children and their parents.
Team lead Colleen Sullivan met with ESNG several times to develop a plan for a new library in our Sylvan Hills location. Then, on Thursday, September 15, a team of 17 volunteers came to our child development center to do some hard work. For more than four hours, they built, painted and created the most beautiful library our kids have ever seen.
This is a big deal for our families. The average middle-income home has 54 age-appropriate books for children, while a low-income home has zero to two books. As reported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in Georgia, only 16% of children ages one to five are read to more than three days a week. Yet, given the opportunity, low-income families are more likely to read to their children. According to pediatrician Dr. Needlman’s literacy study, mothers receiving welfare are eight times more likely to read to their children when provided with books and encouragement (published in JAMA Pediatrics).
Volunteers from Turner created a fun, engaging space for our kids and their parents. Their dedication to spreading the love of reading to all children will make a difference to our children for years to come. And for that and so much more, we thank you!
If you are inspired by Turner’s project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to create your own fun venture that will benefit kids in our community!