As the Community Engagement & Opportunity Council kicked off its operations earlier this year, the organization discovered an urgent need in the Bonton community. The local Literacy Lab, which serves children in Kindergarten through grade five, was in dire need of renovations.
The Literacy Lab’s mission is to “provide children from low-income families with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life.”
CEOC Founder and President Scott Turner decided this would be the charity’s first real project under the CEOC name. In the coming months, just in time for the Literacy Lab’s summer program to begin, board members and sponsors came together to build bookshelves, install new carpet, and provide brand new technology in the form of tablets for the children. They also donated books and even built an indoor treehouse where kids can read, play, and otherwise be inspired.
CEOC is thrilled to have provided a clean, motivating space for these kids to further develop their literacy skills. The charity plans to celebrate the Literacy Lab Grand Opening by bringing the Bonton community together with a public event when the lab reopens, as it is currently closed due to COVID restrictions in Dallas County.