The Justice Project is thrilled and honored to announce a new program called A Book of My Own©, providing books to underprivileged kids. A Book of My Own© operates on the simple concept that by giving elementary age children a book of their own, each child will be reminded that they matter.
The Justice Project has launched A Book of My Own© by providing elementary children with books that are personalized on the inside cover with a book plate where each child’s name is written. The book titles have been chosen by Kiona Gross, the owner of the Curious Cup in Carpinteria, CA, an independent bookstore offering local children a wonderful and caring introduction to the pleasures of reading.
The Justice Project kicked off this program by turning to the Santa Barbara chapter of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for help in distributing the books to children whom they know it will make a difference. CASA is a national network of 946 programs that trains and supports volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.
In addition, The Justice Project also worked with a select number of teachers in the Hope School District of Santa Barbara, CA to offer students from lower income homes the experience of receiving a new personalized book of their own. The Justice Project has provided over 600 books for kids in CASA Santa Barbara County and CASA Kern County with additional locations being added soon.
These books were handed out with the intention that this gift will serve as a launching pad for further learning and a reminder that someone was thinking of “me.” The goal with this program is to encourage each child to know they matter, while acknowledging the investment in their intellectual development, and will therefore invest in developing themselves. The Justice Project believes that a just world turns on such things, and that both educational justice and social justice will be served in this effort.
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Read all of our blog posts on the A Book of My Own program.