Between the Lines is off to a great start for the 2014-2015 League year. Our first reading took place on Saturday Sept 27th at the Coffee Creek Womens Correctional facility in the minimum security section. We recorded 27 women reading to 43 children. We received tons of positive feedback from the women, both verbally and on the surveys that we have the women fill out after the readings. Multiple women commented on how their children love to read and how this program helps the women feel connected to their children through the readings.
Between The Lines will be hosting a bookfair fundraiser on Sunday Nov 30th from 12-4 at the Barnes and Noble at Bridgeport Village. This event will be used to raise funds to by books for the program.
This League-year we have had 4 readings at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and one reading at Santiam Correctional Institution. We have recorded a total of 100 parents reading stories to 171 children.
At each reading, we have inmates complete a survey. Almost 100% of the inmates said that they were satisfied with the program and had a positive experience. A few comments from the surveys are below.
“Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re enthusiasm and ease brought me back down to what’s important. Staying focused and always bonding with our children, our future really.”
“I think this is an awesome program and I am very grateful to the volunteers and the buyers of the books.”
"Just keep doing things like this in order to help us be a part of our children's lives while away! This is wonderful!"
"Thank you for doing this. It means soooo much to me to be able to do something like this for my son. Thanks again, it's a great program!"
"We need to have this program everywhere."
“This is a great event, very relaxed, and I enjoyed participating. Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to doing it again.”
“Thank you for your time and resources for us. This is a positive program to us, and helps portray a positive unifying experience.”
We also sent a survey to family members/caretakers of the children. A few comments from the caretaker survey are below.
“I think it is a great idea. It gives the inmate a sense of interacting with their children when they can’t be there. It gives the kids a chance to hear Mom’s voice too. We appreciate all that you do.”
This program “makes parents responsible to take that precious time needed to read to their child. Their mother did a very good job at picking books that fit her children’s interest. They look forward to all the books they get.” (Caretaker commented that having a recording for the children to listen to and follow along with puts the parenting responsibility back on the parent. This frees up time for the caretaker to handle other household responsibilities while the children are reading & listening to their books.)
“Yes, (it strengthens bonds) very much! Just to be able to hear their Daddy’s voice whenever they want puts a smile on their faces. Thank you for doing this for our family. It means a lot to all of us.”
“My granddaughter was especially happy to hear a story her mom had read to her since she was very young. We don’t see my granddaughter’s mom, my daughter, as much as we would like. (Grandmother is in her 70’s and is physically unable to drive that far.) Thank you for making a little girl very happy and with a feeling of closeness to her Mom.”
“It brought out hidden feelings. She cried and was happy all in one. She listens to the tape and follows along in the book, which strengthens her reading skills. Her daughter asked to be taken to visit her mother as soon as the story was over.”
This program “contributed to continued (existing) bond process.”
“My granddaughter has listened to this book at least 20-25 times since receiving it 2 days ago.”
Thank you for your support!
This League-year we have had 3 readings at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility and one reading at Santiam.Correctional Institution. We have recorded a total of 100 parents reading stories to 171 children.
It's been a busy holiday season for the Between the Lines committee!
Our second and third readings were held over the last couple of months. 18 fathers at Santiam Correctional Institute read to 26 children in November and 21 mothers read to 33 children at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility last weekend. Our packages for the Santiam reading and our Fall Coffee Creek readings were ordered, gift wrapped and mailed in time for the holidays, 82 kids in all! The parents expressed gratitude that their reading is allowing them to send a Christmas gift to their child.
We also held a bookfair at Barnes & Noble in early December where we read stories to children, did holiday crafts with them and shared our mission.
We are incredibly thankful to you for supporting Between the Lines' efforts in breaking the cycle of incarceration, strengthening family ties, and promoting early childhood literacy. We look forward to sharing more positive results with you throughout the year!
Between the Lines is off to a great start for the 2013-2014 Junior League year. This year Between the Lines will continue to work closely with Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville and Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem. The reading dates have already been scheduled for the year and we look forward to reaching out to more children in the process.
Our first reading was a couple of weeks ago at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility where we had 29 mothers reading to 56 children. In November we will be heading to Santiam Correctional Institute to read with the fathers. After Santiam we'll order the books and gift wrap them for the kids. They will have them in time for the holidays. Many mothers at Coffee Creek expressed gratitude that their reading is allowing them to send a Christmas gift to their child.
We are incredibly thankful to you for supporting Between the Lines' efforts in breaking the cycle of incarceration, strengthening family ties, and promoting early childhood literacy. We look forward to sharing more positive results with you throughout the coming year!
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