Barrow Book Partnership
The goal of the Barrow Book Partnership (BBP) early literacy program is to improve a child’s learning foundation by better equipping parents and caregivers as their child’s first teacher. BBP’s dual approach provides free, age-appropriate books to keep at home for target populations of young children (birth to age five), and also provides language nutrition and local public library information to encourage families to sign up for the full range of free materials and services at Barrow’s three public libraries in Auburn, Statham and Winder. Another large component of BBP is the ongoing need for book drives to supply gently used young children’s books to the waiting room "Book Nooks" at the Barrow Health Department, Barrow Department of Family and Children Services, Medlink Winder and Barrow Pediatrics, so siblings may also take free book home to keep.
Target populations served are: the Women-Infant-Children’s (WIC) program at the Barrow County Health Department; BCSS children in Child Find, Pre-K Lottery registrants, and Kindergarten & Pre-K registrants; and Barrow County children in foster care. Birthday books and literacy information are given to families with young children at Medlink Winder and Barrow Pediatrics. BBP communicates via quarterly Newsletters and active social media accounts to provide ongoing language nutrition. Partnering agencies also provide additional information from the Barrow Community Foundation Inc., Adult Literacy Barrow, the Winder Housing Authority, Barrow Family Connection, and Project Free.
For more information about this program or to host a book drive, contact Ellen Petree at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-867-4527. Book donations dropped off in the lobby of BCSS Central Office at 179 W. Athens Street in Winder. Tax-deductible monetary donations can be made to the Barrow Community Foundation Inc. designated for Barrow Book Partnership.
Barrow Family Connection
From school supply drives to holiday gifts for students, Barrow County Family Connection provides many resources and offers support to all families and children of Barrow County. The foresight and vision of the leadership of our cities and county in planning for the future has produced a quality of life that is unequaled anywhere.
Feeding Barrow became a collaborative program between the Barrow County School System and three partner agencies (New Path 1010, Nothing But the Truth and the Food Bank of NEGA) to provide weekend sacks of kid-friendly food to children, K-12, who do not have enough to eat from Fridays to Sundays. Read more about the program and how you can help.
A program that has proven to be a powerful connection between community and school is the Mentor Program. Community members have the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with students. The influence and guidance of a mentor can make a positive difference in a child’s life. Typically, close to 400 volunteers spend an hour of their time each week one-on-one with a student helping to teach valuable social skills, assist with homework or just be a “listening friend."
The mission of REACH Georgia is to provide Georgia’s academically promising students with academic, social and financial support needed to graduate from high school and college prepared for work. It is a mentoring and scholarship program designed to encourage students, starting in middle school, to pursue their educational goals and dreams. 100% of funds raised goes to college scholarships. University partnerships are matching and double matching the public and privately funded college scholarships. The University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech Institute of Technology, and Mercer University are all currently double matching the $10,000 scholarship awarded upon high school graduation.
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