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  • What We Do

    What We Do

    Ferst Readers addresses one of the most basic issues of childhood literacy-ensuring the availability of quality books in the home so that parents can read to their child. Read More
  • Why We Do ItWhy We Do It

    Why We Do ItWhy We Do It

    Ferst Readers is making a difference in the lives of children, one book at a time. We know this, not only from impressive test scores of Ferst graduates, but from parents themselves, who tell us everyday how much they value their children being part of the Ferst Readers program.We are making a difference in the lives of children one book at a time. We know this, not only from impressive test scores of Ferst graduates, but from parents, who tell us everyday. Read More
  • How You Can HelpHow You Can Help

    How You Can HelpHow You Can Help

    It costs only $36 per year to provide the essential ingredient to help one child – books. With your support, we will continue to be the difference in lives of children by helping them achieve early learning success through the gift of literacy – a gift that will last a lifetime.Give the gift of literacy. Give a child a chance.It costs only $36 per year to provide the essential ingredient to help one child – books. Help them achieve early learning success through the gift of literacy – a gift that will last a lifetime. Read More
  • Adopt A ReaderAdopt A Reader

    Adopt A ReaderAdopt A Reader

    Ferst Readers cannot address all the issues of early literacy; but, we can eliminate a major reason why parents don't read to their child – the availability of books in the home.
    Adopt Now
    Ferst Readers cannot address all the issues of early literacy; however, we can eliminate one of the major reasons why parents do not read to their child – the availability of quality books in the home.

    Some things can wait. Investing in our youngest children cannot.
    Adopt Now
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From June 1 – August 2, Ferst Readers is asking our participants to help us capture demographic data. Please take a minute to complete a short survey. On August 2, we will draw the names of five lucky participants to receive a $25 Amazon gift card as a "thank you" for taking the time to provide this information.
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Survey
Survey

From June 1 – August 2, Ferst Readers is asking our participants to help us capture demographic data. Please take a minute to complete a short survey. On August 2, we will draw the names of five lucky participants to receive a $25 Amazon gift card as a "thank you" for taking the time to provide this information.
We appreciate YOU!
English Demographics Survey
Spanish Demographics Survey

 

Changing Children's Lives With the Gift of Literacy

Changing Children's Lives With the Gift of Literacy

Imagine a young child receiving a book in the mail every month until the age of five. What better way to say reading is important? Children enrolled in the Ferst Program receive a new book every month in the mail until their 5th birthday. There is absolutely no cost (ever) to registered children in participating areas! The program is made possible through the partnership with local, all-volunteer Community Action Teams (CATs).

Funding is provided through private donations, corporate sponsorships and grants. Contact us to help with a local Program or get a new one started in your area so that we may work together to bring the gift of literacy to every child 0-5 years old. Partnering together, we can help prepare every child for success in school and in life.

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Ferst Readers Volunteer of the Year Doris Griffin

Doris GriffinHenry County, GA, May 28, 2021 – Ferst Readers honors Doris Griffin as Volunteer of the Year for her leadership in early childhood literacy. Griffin has served on the Community Action Team (CAT) for Ferst Readers of Henry County since its inception in 2005. In 16 years, this team has mailed over 220,000 books to more than 7,700 Henry County children.

As 2020 presented so many unforeseen hurdles, Ferst Readers sought to maintain momentum in its fundraising so that children would continue to receive books monthly. Because of the pandemic, CATs had to develop creative and new ways to raise money locally while adhering to local health and safety protocols.

Ferst Readers of Henry County rose to the challenge. Griffin and her team turned to online fundraising, planning a Book Character Contest to coincide with Halloween. They asked local "celebrities" to dress up as book characters and post photos or videos to social media pages, asking family and friends to vote for them during October. The characters, including Fancy Nancy, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, inspired donors who gave over $14,000 for Ferst Readers of Henry County. Griffin's Book Character Contest was a catalyst for other CATs who duplicated the event, raising more than $30,000 for local communities across Georgia.

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  • For Parents

    The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children. Read More >>>
  • Program Overview

    Our Mission: Strengthening communities by providing quality books and literacy resources for children and their families to use at home during the earliest stages of development. Read More >>>
  • Get Involved

    Approximately 61 percent of low-income families do not have a single piece of reading material suitable for a child. Find out how you can help. Read More >>>
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Ensuring that children develop early literacy skills is one of the most important things we can do - as parents, as teachers - and as a society.

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