In 2009, The Junior League of Macon, Inc. made the decision to focus its mission on improving literacy and school readiness through school partnerships, education, fundraising, advocacy and hands-on projects. During the 2020-2021 League year, we are continuing our focus on literacy through the following community projects and partnerships.
In honor of our 80th anniversary, the Community Impact Committee organized a project allowing us to further support our community partners. We will be collecting the following items throughout the 2020-2021 League Year, listed HERE.
On the evening of October 25, 2019, the League again assisted with Literacy Night at MLK Elementary School, which is an event for elementary students to celebrate literacy. This year’s theme was Hollywood inspired - “Leaders Set the Stage for Success”. The night started out with a yummy pizza dinner provided by the League. Students ate dinner while watching a video of their teachers reading their favorite books. For the remainder of the event, students visited various literacy-inspired booths organized by the school, including a station where League members helped students decorate bookmarks. At the end of the night, each student in attendance was able to select a book donated by the League to take home to enjoy. With this CIP, 89 new books were donated to local children.
On October 25, 2019, the League participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day, which is the world’s largest shared reading experience. League volunteers visited the kindergarten classrooms at both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School and Burdell-Hunt Magnet School. League volunteers read a book to each classroom, shared in a small snack with the students, and participated in a coloring activity. The League donated a copy of the book to each kindergarten classroom as well as to the libraries of each of the schools. Each student was also given a book to take home and enjoy. With this CIP, 238 new books were donated by the League.
On February 15, 2018, the League cohosted an event focusing on the Museum’s new lemur and other African animals for the elementary students in Campus Clubs and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia. During this family-friendly event, attendees were able to walk through the Museum, attend a live animal presentation, and watch a planetarium show. Additional activities included a coloring station, a craft station, and a book station where each child was able to select a book about Africa to take home to enjoy. At the end of the event, each child was given a goodie bag containing animal-themed treats. With this CIP, 62 new books were donated to local children.
On March 6, 2020, the League will host a book tasting for the fifth through eighth grade girls at Campus Clubs. A book tasting is a chance to sample different books during a short period of time to see where interest lies and what will keep the reader reading. The League will provide dinner for the girls, League members will lead the group in completing the book tasting activity, and each attendee will be able to select two (2) new chapter books to take home.
On April 30, 2020, League members will pamper the girls living at the Collum Cottage at The Methodist Home. Each of the girls will have the opportunity to visit a “Create-a-Sugar-Scrub” station and to visit a nail painting station. The evening will end with a dessert social, and each of the girls will receive a goodie bag containing three (3) new books, a journal, and an adult coloring book. With this CIP, 33 new books will be donated by the League to be enjoyed by the girls. Also, the League will donate an additional 24 new books to be enjoyed by others living at The Methodist Home.
We assist the Backpack Ministry of Forest Hills United Methodist Church with packing bags of food for children who are at risk for poor nutritional intake when not receiving school meals -- these bags of food are distributed to elementary students in need in both Bibb County and Twiggs County prior to Fall Break, the Holiday Break, and Spring Break.
In honor of our 80th anniversary, the League donated a total of 80 new, hard cover books to the libraries of the following elementary schools: (a) Brookedale Elementary School, (b) Bruce Elementary School, (c) Burdell-Hunt Magnet School, (d) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, (e) Ingram-Pye Elementary School, (f) Sonny Carter Elementary School, and (g) Southfield Elementary School.
The League found a new partner in Book’ Em this year. Our funds were used to purchase 126 new books for children ages toddler through high school. These books will be distributed throughout the community by the Macon-Bibb Sheriff’s Office.
Prior to the start of the 2019 – 2020 School Year, the League purchased a number of school supplies to help local children be "school-ready". These school supplies were donated to the Mentor's Project of Bibb County.
The League also purchased school supplies for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia.
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