The Inland Empire Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was recently awarded a $3000 Reading Corner Literacy Grant from Jack and Jill of America Foundation. The mothers in the chapter chose as their partner Juanita Blakely Jones Elementary School in the San Bernardino City Unified School District as their partner organization. The chapter mothers planned, decorated and created a relaxing and comforting space for students in Kindergarten through third grade to come and enjoy reading books. Chapter mothers will also have story time where mothers read to the students and allow the students to read books aloud. Chapter teens are also excited to participate as volunteers to read to the students.
The reading corner will provide books to students not only to read while relaxing in the reading corner but also to check out books and other educational materials. The Inland Empire mothers remain committed to volunteering time to the reading corner after completion of the one grant year. The students at Jones Elementary School enjoy reading in the tent, sitting on bean bags and rugs, and listening to books on tape. Outgoing president Tracy Tillman and incoming president Angelique King expressed interest in continuing to serve the students that come to the reading corner. The Inland Empire Chapter members are excited to be able to provide exceptional educational services and a service learning opportunity to teens.