To support distance learning efforts, Books Are Wings created the Book Bag Project, a project that is able to serve the entire state community while our regular programming is suspended. In the process, our dedicated team of staff, volunteers and partner organizations have created a new way for Books Are Wings to support the community.
A guest of the Woonsocket meal site at Citizens Memorial Elementary shows the new books they are taking home.
Isabel, a family advocate from Children’s Friend, loads up Book Bags for her families and students.
The Book Bag Project is a new way for BAW to reach these communities. Everything is packed and sealed for 72 hours before they get to families and partners. Students safely receive these materials with other distance learning supplies through contactless pickup at meal sites or through their schools.
Program Manager Michele is all ready for families at a meal site in Woonsocket.
Two young guests at Hamlet Middle School meal site in Woonsocket share their new books.
From March until early June, we have supported thousands of learners and their families by providing access to books, safely. To date, we have distributed 6,643 Book Bags or 14,386 books to 25 school departments and community organizations across the state.
We are so grateful for the partnership of CCAP in Woonsocket, Southside Elementary Charter School, RI School for the Deaf, Bristol Warren SD, Connecting for Children and Families, Central Falls SD, Segue Institute for Learning, Westerly SD, Coventry SD, Providence SD, Pawtucket SD, North Providence SD, Inspiring Minds, The Genesis Center, Providence Promise, Woonsocket SD, Chariho SD and all of the teams who work to staff, organize and support families at Providence meal sites.
The next phase of our Book Bag Project will begin when school ends in a few weeks. Summer may look different as we all learn new ways to keep our families safe, but Books Are Wings is still here to support you in summer learning. Join our Summer Book Bunch to gain access to literacy resources and receive FREE books for your community. Grab and Go books, virtual weekly read alouds and books for meal sites around our state are options we will be sharing soon.
If you would like to support our Book Bag project, please visit our information page here.