The Lions Reading Action Program is a multi-year commitment undertaken by Lions Club International to increasing reading and literacy rates. It’s a call to action for Lions club around the world to organize service projects and activities that underscore the importance of reading and address specific needs related to illiteracy within their own community.
The Mississauga Central Lions Club has participated in this program since 2012. Our chosen method from 2012 through 2015 was to help provide funding to selected schools in Mississauga to provide new reading materials to their libraries. Each year we selected needy schools participating in the "Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Adopt a School Program” to contribute to. In our first three years we contributed almost 600 books helping make more books accessible to our youth to improve their opportunity for literacy.
The following Schools benefitted:
Brookmede Public School - 2015
Camilla Road Sr. Public School - 2013
Corpus Christi Separate School - 2013
Credit Valley Public School - 2015
Dixie Public School - 2013
Floradale Public School - 2013, 2014, 2015
Munden Park Public School - 2015
Riverside Public School - 2014
St. Valentine School - 2013
The Valleys Sr. Public School - 2014
Since 2016 the club has chosen to give its entire annual contribution for the Reading Action Program to "Books With No Bounds". It is an organization run by two Young Leo Club members. They call themselves “Teens on a Mission”. Their mission to bring books to their fellow brothers and sisters in the North in hopes of improving literacy skills among First Nations youth. Check out their website at www.bookswithnobounds.com.