The purpose of the Bookmobile program is to provide access to books and comprehension instruction for English as a Second Language (ESL) students living in low-income areas in Katy. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 29% of children in suburban areas are from low-income families. 13.8% of the residents in Katy have income below the poverty level with 16.2% of children (approximately 15,292) in Katy below poverty level. Approximately 30% of the students in Katy ISD are economically disadvantaged, and many more probably have families that do not report their information to the schools. There are also over 400 homeless children in Katy.
UHV is reaching out to children that don’t have access to books during summer months. Many may not have access to books at home. The neighborhoods UHV is targeting have families that work all day and many of the children do not have transportation to visit a library during the day. By bringing books to them, in both Spanish and English, UHV provides a service that is lacking. UHV is also reaching out to the parents and hope to interest them in reading with their children or in learning to read themselves.
The bookmobile addresses both of these needs among children and families who most need support.
What our grantee has to say:
"Through this project, UHV students who assist with the bookmobile will learn about the needs in the community and also learn how to interact with and teach at-risk students. Observing children outside of school with their families can provide a worldview that can't be experienced in the classroom or through student teaching. It provides a fun learning experience for UHV students studying to be teachers, and a fun learning experience for children who will benefit from books in their lives."
What our trustees have to say:
"This project is a valuable asset to the community and will have a direct impact on town and gown relations."
"It's an excellent opportunity for future teachers to understand the continued importance of physical books and the growing impact of the digital divide in this country."
Funded by Libraries (September 2018)