What does literacy mean to you?

Author: Nisha Patel        

          We all read for different reasons. Some to escape from reality, some for entertainment, others to simply gain knowledge on a subject, the list goes on! Regardless of the reason and regardless of the genre, every book contributes to a child's development of literacy: the ability to read and write. These abilities ultimately give children the confidence they need to pursue and achieve their educational goals and dreams.

          This is essentially what literacy means to me. I believe that if a single book can have such a profound impact in a child's life, then each child should be able to have access to as many literacy resources as possible. Books for a Benefit aims to provide such access  to children here in Metropolitan Detroit, giving them the opportunity to develop their reading and writing skills for the future.

Quotes on Literacy
"Literacy is one of the greatest gifts a person could receive." - Jen Selinsky
"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." - Margaret Fuller
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go!" - Dr. Seuss
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body." - Joseph Addison
"A house without books is like a room without windows." - Horace Mann

      So we challenge you, reader: What does literacy mean to you? How can you help to bring about literacy in your community?