We do what no one else does: serve the children of inmates by supporting their academic efforts through fun and encouragement. With strong reading skills, a child is more successful academically and therefore creates greater educational and employment opportunities.
Saving lives of children of the incarcerated.
Isabelle's Book Club distributes books in various penal institutions in local communities to children visiting their parent(s). Through the generous donations of booksellers, individuals, corporations and agencies, program volunteers spend hours giving hope for a brighter future to the sons and daughters of inmates.
Books chosen by children are more likely to be read and 'practice makes progress.' With stronger reading skills, reluctant readers improve academically. How? Children learn to read by third grade. After that they read to learn. When a child struggles to read, their ability to learn is hampered, often leading to frustration and possibly dropping out of school. Research shows individuals with little education have minimal employment opportunities and subsequently lead to a life of crime.
Sadly, criminal behavior can become the norm in many families. In fact,
parental incarceration impacts one in twenty-eight children in Georgia.
That's roughly one child in each classroom!
"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." - Maya Angelou