Just before the holiday break, TIF hosted a series of parties to celebrate a semester of acheivement for the students in Immokalee Readers. Held at three different elementary schools in Immokalee, the parties gave us the opportunity to give Immokalee Readers participant two books for their home libraries. This added up to more than 260 books gifted in a one-week period. On top of that, the 31 Immokalee Readers tutors each received McDonald’s gift certificates from TIF, along with various baked treats.
“One thing that really sticks out in my mind is when I saw one of the children kissing his book,” says Lois Gomez, program manager of Immokalee Readers. “They get so excited about gifts, and are so appreciative.”