Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores, Alabama‚Äč

Kiwanis Club of Gulf Shores, Alabama‚Äč

Signature service project of the Alabama Kiwanis Foundation

Each year, we are able to serve over 22,000 at-risk young children.  Because of our dedication to their early literacy needs, these families now have books in their homes and now CAN HAVE family literacy.  Since our program began in 1990, we have worked together to give over 511,000 at-risk young Alabamians ONE MILLION 543,000 quality, age-appropriate books, for most, the FIRST AND ONLY BOOKS in their homes!

How does Gulf Shores Kiwanis participate?

Each year, there are three reading and distribution opportunities (November, February, April) at our Magnolia Springs Head Start School. Our club sponsors this effort to the tune of between $1,000 - 2,000 dollars each year, which pays for the books to be labeled and shipped directly to the school. Then on designated dates, five of our members visit the school to personally read to and with the children of three classrooms in small groups. When finished, we write their names in the books and declare them the owners of their own books. One of our members has participated in this program for over two decades! It is truly one of the best things we do, and any of our members that participate always return to participate again.

Each of the visits and readings only take about an hour, but we hope the results last a lifetime. We arrive around 9:15 and are usually out by 10:15.

 Contact Steve Jones at 251-609-5292 and add your name to the list of volunteers.