Reading skills are the greatest single predictor of future academic success (National Assessment of Educational Progress); yet, sixteen (16%) percent of the Omaha population are functionally illiterate. They can’t read well enough to fill out a job application, read a food label, or read to their children. (Literacy Center of the Midlands)
Introducing A Book of My Own … a Literacy Project designed to put a book in the home and heart of every child from birth to 14 years of age. It’s simple. A Book of My Own collects, sorts and distributes new and gently used books to at-risk children. And this is where Schemmer stepped in.
The Schemmer Associates partnered with Junior League of Omaha and hosted book drives at each of their six office locations – Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The goal was to collect one book for every staff member in each of the offices - 100 books. At the end of a two week long book drive, Schemmer collected over 345 books and crushed their goal.
To learn more about A Book of My Own visit the Junior League of Omaha’s website -