125 Books in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn


Education Fact

Children who start school without basic literacy skills are 3 – 4 times more likely to drop out of high school.

Uncommon Vocabulary

ELLIPSISM: (n) A sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out.

Inspirational Quotes

“The kinds of metaphorical language that we use to describe others say far more about us, and our attachment to our own frame of reference, than they do about the ‘other’.” Anne Fadiman

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato

“I’ve been wrong a million times, with turns and tests and simple signs, with lessons learned and options chosen. A truth is found I can’t unsee, my mind’s unblocked, my heart’s set free. Yes, I’ve been wrong a million times, but those tumbles taught me cleaner climbs, to heights I’d only dreamt before so I hope I’m wrong a million more.” Dallas Clayton

Early Literacy Update

The Sumner Houses contain 1,100 apartment units for low-income families in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. We are partnered with both of the child care centers serving the 125 children under 4 who live there. Thanks to supporters like you, all 125 children have received the award-winning books pictured above. Last week, our dedicated partner set up and distributed the above display of Word Rebel books at a Family Literacy Workshop. In addition to building home libraries, she educated families about the importance of reading from birth, and subscribed them to receiveWord Rebel‘s weekly tips to teach vocabulary.


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