May 24, 2016

Building young readers, one book at a time

Cover to Cover

New “Cover to Cover” program aims to keep kids on track

Serving our customers goes way beyond delivering safe and reliable electricity.

Empowering communities where we live and work is just as important, and a new effort we started this year is aimed at some of the youngest members of those cities and towns across central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Cover to Cover is designed to provide books to students in grades K-3 who are at risk of falling behind in reading over the summer. We’re working with community organizations like WVIA Public Media, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and the Nutripaks program in the Harrisburg area to get books to children in time for summer break.

Studies show that children who miss out on reading and learning opportunities in the summer can fall behind as much as two grade levels by the fifth grade. Providing books to those students over the summer closes that gap.

PPL employees donated new and gently used books, and the PPL Foundation funded the purchase of new books to provide about 23,000 books overall. That’s a lot of summer reading and learning and we’re glad. We’re hopeful for the young children who will read these books and grateful we are able to help.

Through this program, we have the potential to positively affect thousands of young lives. Giving the gift of reading lets us help turn the page on child literacy.

Famed American educator and author Mary Ellen Chase once noted, “There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” We couldn’t agree more.