Hawaii Literacy has been selected to receive a generous grant from the Pizza Hut Literacy Fund, which seeks to increase literacy for Hawaii’s keiki ages birth to eight. This funding will support the popular Bookmobile program, which brings thousands of books and educational activities youth and families in need. Each week, the Bookmobile visits twelve sites on the Wai`anae Coast including housing developments, family homeless shelters, and Boys & Girls Clubs.
Suzanne Skjold, Executive Director of Hawaii Literacy, expresses her heartfelt appreciation for the amazing support Pizza Hut provides for increasing literacy in Hawaii. “With this generous grant, we will be able to increase the number of youth served each week, and provide additional fun and educational activities and homework help, because we will be able to provide more individual attention and skill building activities. None of this would be possible without the Pizza Hut Literacy fund and the Campbell Family Foundation’s support that keeps the Bookmobile out in the community,” said Skjold. Last year, this program served over 1,100 keiki and their parents, providing over 6,400 books to children to take home. The Bookmobile also provides storytelling and homework assistance, which are popular and in high demand from visiting children and their parents.
The Bookmobile is always seeking dedicated high school students or adults to volunteer for 2 hours a week at one site, and help with story telling, homework help, and book check out. Volunteers should be able to commit for at least 12 weeks.