Help our high school youth take more books to Houston when they attend the ELCA Youth Gathering by giving to the “Blast Off for Books” campaign. Building a foundation of literacy starts before entering kindergarten. Students who read at home become strong writers, critical thinkers and more successful students than those who do not. Houston Independent School District estimates that 74% of the students in the district come from families who struggle to provide books for their children. This means the students begin each school year at a disadvantage.
In joining the Gathering’s “Blast Off for Books” campaign, you will help ensure bright futures for Houston’s students. The books you donate will be distributed at community book fairs, camps and other events around the city as part of the Gathering’s Service Learning experience. By putting books in the hands of Houston’s economically disadvantaged students, you can help change lives.
Youth will each be asked to buy a book or two from the listed titles the Gathering provided. Your Noisy Offering donation will help purchase additional books for us to take to the Gathering. We also hope to take books to Kansas City once we confirm the requested titles for the literacy program we may be helping with on that trip.