Possessing the ability to read and write is fundamental. It makes learning possible, inevitable and infinite. For this reason, fostering literacy has long been a priority of the National Federation of Republican Women, and several literacy programs have been developed to achieve this goal.
Over the past 50 years, the NFRW and its members have donated thousands of books each year to libraries, schools, hospitals and other public institutions through our Mamie Eisenhower Library Project (MELP).
The NFRW has designated September as Literacy Month. Working in concert with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, the NFRW asks local clubs to share the literacy projects they have sponsored and participated in during Literacy Month or in the past year. Suggested activities and projects are provided by the NFRW Literacy Committee.
The Red Shoe Book Club is a way for local clubs to explore and discuss books, and publish book reviews in monthly newsletters and on club websites. To form a Red Shoe Book Club, designate a time and place and simply select books from the MELP Lists to read, discuss and share. Download the Red Shoe Book Club logo from the Digital Resource Library to use for your club's promotional materials.
The NFRW Education and Literacy Facebook page is a way to communicate through social media. Each week, posts include the MELP Book of the Week. We welcome posts by NFRW members about books, authors and literacy events.
With our commitment to literacy, we have adopted education as one of our primary issue focuses. Our goal is to improve public education and literacy by advocating grassroots support for education reform and taking direct action to improve literacy. We use our network of members to promote high standards, accountability, flexibility, local control of schools, and early reading initiatives.
Whether donating a book, volunteering to mentor or read to children, or acting as a literacy/education advocate, each of us has something of value to contribute to the literacy effort. By continuing to work together on this critical issue, we can ensure an educated citizenry of the future.