The Kendra Scott Foundation in New York City launched a new program for low-income classrooms. Little Yellow Library provides academic-level reading materials to Title I schools. In partnership with First Book, the foundation provides classrooms and school libraries with the necessary supplies. Students who are in the third grade and behind in reading are more likely to struggle and excel in school, according to the press release.
After its launch in New York, the Little Yellow Library will move to four Texas cities in 2023. The Texas schools selected are Tom C. Gooch Elementary School in Dallas, Baty Elementary School in Austin, Adams Elementary School in San Antonio and Best Elementary in Houston.
Founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer Kendra Scott believes literacy should be a luxury for all children.
“At Kendra Scott, philanthropy comes first – it’s a key pillar of our core values,” Scott explained. “We are dedicated to uplifting youth and making meaningful impacts through education. Library enrichment is one of the first things we can do for these kids at a young age — particularly for those without access to something as simple as books. Sometimes we don’t stop to think what a luxury literacy truly is, and we’re proud to provide resources to make that possible wherever we can, to serve underserved students and communities.”
Kendra Scott and her creative team curated a 4ft x 3ft custom Little Yellow Library bookshelf to appeal specifically to children. A total of 200 First Book multicultural and bilingual books are displayed on the shelves. The classroom is also gifted with an additional $1,000 gift certificate to the First Book Marketplace to purchase more books and a $2,500 grant from the Kendra Scott Foundation to support the school. Each student will also receive a social-emotional learning book and stuffed animal in partnership with Slumberkins.
On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, Title I educators can apply for a Little Yellow Library. To find out more about eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit First Book. For more information on the Kendra Scott Foundation, visit kendrascott.com/philanthropy or donate directly at https://ken01.kimbia.com/donate.