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 2016-2017 League year, we are continuing our focus on literacy through the following community projects.
The Junior League of Macon will provide girls the wonderful opportunity to participate in the “World of Girls” program hosted by Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia. “Stories are everywhere, and so are girls!” JLM will provide the registration fee for the girls to join the Girl Scout program for a full year. The new Brownies discover different cultures around the world and see how storytelling can inspire us to help others. Then girls may team up to tell their own stories through theater, crafts, painting, or even by developing their own advertising.
Literacy Night at Burdell-Hunt
In partnership with the faculty of Burdell-Hunt, JLM will cohost a literacy-themed event for elementary students to celebrate literacy. Each student will receive a book and refreshments will be furnished.
Campus Clubs Picnic
Students will celebrate the end of a wonderful school year at a literacy themed picnic celebration. Students will be provided with a book on their next grade level to help prepare them for the year ahead.
JLM is excited to partner with Forest Hills United Methodist Church and Vineville United Methodist Church as they pack food for students from many schools within Bibb County. Members of the League will pack bags of food and then deliver them to the school two times during the school year (once in the fall and once in the spring). JLM will also purchase backpacks, snacks, and books for the children.
Read for the Record
JLM will donate books and lead story time on the national Read for the Record Day. Jumpstart’s Read for the Record day mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. JLM members will visit Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School and Burdell-Hunt Elementary School on Read for the Record day. Members will lead the group in a reading of the story, a brief activity, and small snack.
Campus Clubs Literacy Event
In keeping with our mission to promote literacy, JLM will host a book club in partnership with Campus Clubs. This event will encourage lively discussions and give middle and high school students a chance to ask questions and voice their opinions while building reading and analytical skills. Each student will be given a choice of book and asked to independently read it. At a predetermined date, the students will gather for a book club discussion about their chosen book over snacks.