United Way of Northwest Louisiana and Shreve Memorial Library have teamed up to fight for education. During Shreve Memorial Library’s annual Staff Development Day, United Way NWLA hosted a team building project Monday at the Bossier Civic Center.

Nearly 225 employees split into groups to tackle creating 100 literacy kits for local children. Training and Development Coordinator for Shreve Memorial, Gena Box, described the project as “team building with a purpose.”

A literacy kit is a set of activities that are designed to allow a student to actively participate and communicate during book reading activities. The primary purpose is to support and enhance the curriculum with math or reading/writing/language activities to provide the student a multi-sensory experience.

This group of kits included the following:

• A hardback book Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
• Activity sheets
• Fruit graphs for math enhancement
• Seeds and soil for science enhancement
• Handwritten notes of encouragement

Once the kits were assembled, the employees used their own creativity to decorate the inside. The kits were donated to preschool classes at the Providence House Child Development Center and four Caddo Parish Transformation Zone elementary schools: Mooretown Elementary, J.S. Clark Elementary, Midway Elementary and Oak Park Microsociety.