Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Toys for Tots Literacy Program Fosters Success in Academics and Beyond
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania-based American Mint provides beginner and experienced collectors with a wide assortment of die-cast replicas, collectable coins, limited-edition items, and other rare and exclusive memorabilia. Outside its daily operations, American Mint supports its local Toys for Tots chapter. A nonprofit organization, Toys for Tots distributes toys to children in need and supports child literacy through the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
Administered with assistance from the UPS Store, the Literacy Program targets the most economically disadvantaged children nationwide. It focuses on enhancing literary skills and equipping these children with the resources necessary for success in academics and beyond. In addition to boosting reading skills, the program helps children learn to communicate effectively with adults and their peers.
Studies conducted by the National Center for Children in Poverty suggest that nearly 16 million children live in poverty. Academic officers with Scholastic note within impoverished communities a pattern in which illiteracy and barriers in communication allow the cycle of poverty to continue. Furthermore, literacy plays a crucial role in academic success, and effective communication is an essential life skill.