Woodworkers for Children Charity's Description
The first program is to craft wooden toys which are donated to organization helping at-risk children.
The second program, called “Reading is Terrific”, is a literacy program run for first graders at Title I elementary schools. The vast majority of the students in these schools are minority, low-income, special ed., and English Students of Other Languages.
Why These Programs?Toys are important to the development of children because children develop through play. Play stimulates their motor skills, imagination and social skills. Often, low income families do not have the funds for developmental appropriate toys. Since being founded, WCC has donated over twenty three thousand toys to over 100 organization serving at-risk children in the Washington metropolitan area.
In an article by Richard Cohen in The Washington Post, he states “Low-income minority children are already four months behind the national average in reading and math scores by the time they arrive in kindergarten. . . . There are many reason for this – too much television time, too few books in the home, the father’s take a hike, the mother doesn’t read to her kids”
"The Reading is Terrific" program helps these children catch up by making reading fun, encouraging them to read, and by putting books in their homes. WCC is currently running this program for thirty seven first grade classes.
Feel Free to Contact UsWCC would like to contact others throughout the country who are interested in either of these two programs. We are willing to share our toy plans and experiences or provide more information about the "Reading is Terrific" program. Contact Frank Ierardi at the email address shown on the main page.
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OTHER SIMILAR ORGANIZATIONSWood-to-Wonderful, 1044 North 8th Street, Reading, PA 19604
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