Dallas Bethlehem Center is grateful for the diligent work of Kennedy Mayo, a rising high school freshman, whose efforts will assist children and parents in school and with literacy skills. Kennedy volunteered at DBC on Monday, August 14, 2017, with the distribution of school supplies. In addition to assisting us with this, she agreed to help us tackle another huge task — sorting and categorizing books.
The National Charity League recently collected new and gently used children’s books on behalf of DBC. We had nearly 400 books! Because we also had a small surplus of school backpacks, Kennedy, who attends St. Paul United Methodist Church, sorted and categorized this mass of books and created micro-libraries by loading each backpack with six to seven different genres of books.
The backpacks were provided to us by First United Methodist Church of Richardson and now, thanks to Kennedy’s efforts, will be used as a revolving network of lending libraries.
This could become one of many tools that parents, served by our center, can use to identify which books best capture and hold their child’s attention, thus building key literacy skills.