PoWer! Book Bags expands, program thrives in Ludington and Michigan

October 11, 2018

After helping bring literacy to children’s lives for the past year, PoWeR! Book Bags continues to thrive and grow in Mason County and is spreading to the rest of the state.

The program, which began in March 2016, allows kids to receive a book bag that contains a bookmark, crayons, a paper journal and a book of each child’s choice. A new item added for extra fun is a finger puppet.

In Ludington, the program is active at Catholic Charities, HELP Ministries, Salvation Army, COVE, Department of Human Services foster care and the Lakeshore Resource Network.

Just as the name suggests, PoWeR! Book Bags is an organization that strives to provide every child with the tools to access and excel in language and literacy, as well as build a personal library collection.

“I’ve been really impressed with the project and how it has taken off at sights around Ludington. We got involved in it because HELP Ministries has a site — in fact I think we had the first book bag site — here, and it’s expanded out a bit,” said HELP Executive Director Larry Lange.

Read the full story in the Thursday print and e-Editions of the Ludington Daily News.

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