Women United's signature program, Preschool Pages, is a partnership with Central Academy of the Arts, Chastain Road Elementary, and McKissick Academy of Science and Technology to support the development of early literacy skills in infants through 4 year olds in the community. The staff at each of these elementary schools offer regular programming for young children and their caregivers to attend which includes storytime and related crafts and activities. Women United members support these programs through donating books, ensuring that each child can take a book home from the program to build their home library.
Did You Know
- 80% of brain development happens in the first three years of life.
- Early experiences build the foundation for later development.
- National data shows that racial, ethnic, and socio-economic skill gaps are evident by the age of two.
- Early literacy experiences such as interactions with books and print, stories and words, and reading and writing make a big difference.
This information, coupled with the fact that 73.6% of Pickens County kindergartners tested "not ready" for kindergarten last fall, motivated Women United to develop Preschool Pages.
Books may be purchased through Poor Richard's Booksellers, 107 W. Main Street, Easley, where you will receive a 20% discount when you mention Women United. Poor Richard's will keep a list of the books at the store, and when you purchase from them, you can leave your books at the store for later delivery.
You can also use our Amazon Wishlist to purchase books for Central Academy of the Arts Cougar Cub Book Club, Chastain Road Elementary Toddler Rock-n-Read, or McKissick Academy of Science and Technology Pup Tales, or use the wishlist to identify titles and purchase the books at the store of your choice.
Please note that books are being purchased all the time and the wish lists change regularly! For the most up to date list of books needed, please refer to the staff at Poor Richard's Booksellers, the Amazon Wish lists listed above, or contact Caroline Evatt.
Don't know which book to buy? Make a donation here and we will purchase the books for you!
Each site will have a different schedule and different volunteer needs. Please reach out to the contact person listed below to make arrangements to volunteer. You can assist during the program, or help prepare materials ahead of time. You may also need to complete School District of Pickens County volunteer training.
Central Academy of the Arts: Cougar Cub Book ClubTuesdays at 10:30 a.m. CONTACT: Patti Williams, Reading Coach, 864-397-1415, 608 Johnson Road, Central
Chastain Road Elementary: Toddler Rock-n-Read First Monday of the month at 10:00 a.m., CONTACT: Angie Stone, Media Specialist, 864-397-4800, 940 Chastain Road, Liberty
McKissick Academy of Science and Technology: Pup Tales 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., CONTACT: Angela Spearman, Reading Coach, 864-397-2200, 156 McKissick Road, Easley