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Early literacy support for foster children

Liza Weidle

Last week, I was a part of the Parenting magazine and Target NYC Mom Congress "Read.Connect.Grow!" event. This week, I launched a campaign that will put books into the hands of foster children. The plan was fairly simple to implement.

  1. Find a group that is planning to have a meeting where you can share the importance of early literacy support and kick-off a book drive campaign.
  2. Find a few businesses that are willing to set up collection sites.
  3. Work with a local agency that has children in need that are already planning a holiday distribution event. I choose Methodist Home for Children.
  4. Set-up the end point of book drive to coincide with the plan to distribute holiday gifts to children.
  5. Create a press release to announce the event. Below is the press release I sent to local media groups and distribution networks such as the PTA.

Western Wake iMom support early literacy - you can too!

Western Wake iMoms are joining the Parenting magazine Mom Congress in an early literacy support program that puts books into the hands of children in need.  The local “Read. Connect. Grow!” book drive begins on Nov. 5 (Friday) at the Western Wake iMom meeting held at the Cary Chamber of Commerce from 9-11 a.m. After that time, community members can bring new or gently used books to the Great Harvest Bread Company located at 1220 NW Maynard, Cary or Huntington Learning Center, 1135 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary. Parenting.com has a listing of the best books to read with your kids that are good ones to consider for this project. The books will be sorted by reading level and given to the Methodist Home for Children for holiday bags given to foster children. The campaign closes on Saturday, Dec. 11.

At the November 5 Western Wake iMom meeting, Liza Weidle, NC Mom Congress delegate will have updates from the Mom Congress event recently held in NYC as well as copies of “Lesson Plan for Change” that the Mom Congress delegates co-wrote and is featured in the October issue of Parenting Magazine School Years and “Waiting for Superman.” The November issue of Parenting Magazine features Liza’s work in Wake County. 

The guest speaker for the Nov. 5 iMom meeting is Deidre Hughey, author of “I AM bound and determined. Offering snippets from her book that readers say offers hope that you can move past your past and evolve into and living a life of success, Deidre will be available for a special book signing event afterward.  Carolyn Zahnow will bring iMoms updates on Save our Teens suicide awareness/prevention events including news on the Wake Forest NC Walk planned for November 13, 2010 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminar  

And as promised – lots of time at the iMom meeting to talk about the educational/family issues you want to talk about as well as plan future meetings. The iMom “Build eSTEEM” material will be available. Learn things that influence self-esteem and ways you can given your child a boost in developing healthy self-esteem.

 Western Wake iMom meetings are open to all caring moms/dads/adults, are free and include breakfast treats from Great Harvest Bread Company (GHBC). Door prizes include Deidre Hughey’s book “I AM bound and determined”, Liza Weidle’s book “Truth about Parenting: Navigating the Elementary Years” and copies of Parenting School Years. Sponsors for Western Wake iMom include GHBC, the Cary Chamber of Commerce, and Green Hope High PTSA. Please register for the meeting.

iMoms, partnership with the National PTA, supports, inspires and encourages mothers as they strive to raise children who are wise, healthy, purpose-minded, and relationally-focused.  

Liza Weidle is the NC Mom Congress delegate and author of "Truth about Parenting: Navigating the Elementary Years."

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