Sunday, November 18, 2012

Reading Opens Up a World of Information, Imagination, and Education

For as long as I can remember, books and reading have been an integral part of my life.

From being read "Love You Forever" by my mom when I was a little, learning how to read Bearenstain Bear books on my own, discovering the magical world of Harry Potter, befriending Jane Austen and her ideas of romance, to studying research articles and textbooks on anatomy and physiology; I have been tearing through fiction books and soaking up every bit of knowledge from textbooks since I first learned how to read at the age of five.

Reading has helped to shape me into the person I am today. I learned important morals and lessons. I created memories with my parents and grandparents. I was able to open up my imagination to different worlds and perspectives, both imaginary and real.

It is the basis of my education and what will one day allow me to become a doctor. 

Unfortunately, there are people who were not granted the same opportunities at education that I was or are still becoming accustomed to the strange semantics of the English language (ex. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo is a grammatically accurate sentence in the English language).

Fortunately, these people are able to turn to the YWCA Adult Literacy Program so that they too may create memories of reading to their children or grandchildren, or gain an education that will set them on a career path that they have always dreamed of. 

But the local YWCA Adult Literacy Program in Pottstown needs resources in order to continue to help people in the community. You can help by signing the pledge below. For every signature, an anonymous donor will give $1 to the literacy program to buy materials.

And just like that, with a simple signature, you can help introduce people in our community to a new world of information, imagination, and education.