ACA National Conference Community Service Project

ACA Book Drive:  Plant Books…..Grow Minds

Giving back to our host city has become an annual tradition for ACA National Conference attendees and exhibitors.

The 2019 ACA National Conference Planning Team has chosen to collect items for the Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee as the service project for this year's conference.

Mission Statement: To serve the community by providing resources, counseling, and one-on-one tutoring to children, youth, and adults in order to enhance their academic skills in the areas of reading, writing, and math at no charge to the student.

The Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee (LCMT) works with adults and children who need assistance with basic education skills (reading, writing and math) free of charge.  They are presently helping over 1,400 area students of all ages with their reading, writing, and math skills through the following 4 programs.

  • Putting tutors in Elementary Schools during the day to work with Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade students with reading, writing, and math skills.
  • Helping prepare students to get their High School Diploma in our GED/HiSet program.
  • Tutoring Kindergarten through 12th Grade students in reading, writing, and math all year before or after school and in the summer.
  • Teaching Adult Learners to read.

The council also collects new and gently used books and distribute them to individuals, area schools, classrooms, school libraries, public libraries, city-wide Literacy Day.  They provide books for children and adults that they select and take home (last year over 1,000 books were taken by the area families), and furnish the in-house library for a Summer Reading Camp (on the last day, the students get to choose the ones they wish to take home and keep, and over 200 books were taken home).

Our goal is to donate 1,000 books. Books can be brought to the conference or shipped to a local address in advance (address coming soon). Whether you bring a single book or ship a case, your contribution will make an impact. 

They have specifically requested:

  • New or gently used fiction, non-fiction, graphic books from current and popular authors for kindergarten through 8th graders.
  • For adult learners who read on very low levels (2nd-5th grade levels) they enjoy books on history and geography.

They are registered on Amazon Smile as Literacy Council of Middle Tennessee.

We will be collecting the books at the hospitality desk at conference.  Please bring as many books as possible with you to the conference to help our host city with this very worthy cause.

Giving back to our host city....ACA helping local kids....A great partnership!

2019 ACA National Conference Planning Team