REAL participated in Bookmarks for Literacy through the organization Students Rebuild. The project involves creating handmade bookmarks. Every handmade bookmark mailed to Students Rebuild was matched by the Bezos Family Foundation for a dollar towards Save the Children’s Literacy Boost program, which helps build libraries, train teachers, and provides other literacy oriented activities in South America, Africa and Asia.
We wanted to participate in this project to help support global education. Since we wanted to use the project to promote literacy locally, we decided to host a bookmark making session at a local elementary school’s Art and Literacy Night, with the goal of making 500 bookmarks. In addition, we brought REAL brochures to inform others of our mission and the importance of education. Overall, the event was a great success! Not only did we fulfill our 500 bookmark goal, we also had the opportunity to interact with some very creative kids and to continue promoting literacy locally.