Joseph-Beth Booksellers recently partnered with Withrow University High School for the 2020–2021 school year to help give back to the community and encourage reading.
"At Joseph-Beth, being part of the community and encouraging literacy and reading is at the heart of everything we do," said Adam Miller, Joseph-Beth President and CEO. "We are so excited to partner with Withrow, our neighbor, to get more books into the hands of their students."
Joseph-Beth fundamentally believes that helping someone to read and write can dramatically help both that individual but also society. Specifically, that reading, and literacy helps:
- Strengthen the brain
- Increase empathy
- Builds vocabulary
- Reduces stress
- Builds self-esteem
"One of the best ways to encourage and get better at reading is access and practice, meaning to get more books into the hands of kids. And we think we can help with that," said Miller.
For 2020, Joseph-Beth will be partnering with Withrow University High School, especially focusing on helping support the students in 7th and 8th grade. As part of the Cincinnati Public School District, Withrow seeks to empower students to be productive citizens of a global society and as part of the Cincinnati Public Schools district My Tommorrow*ed, which begins in the 7th and 8th grade, they are seeking to expose students to more rigorous content and engage students in critical thinking.
"Withrow High School is fortunate to have this dynamic relationship with Joseph-Beth that places a focus on literacy," said Danielle Battle, Withrow University High School Assistant Principal. "Literacy is a gateway for successful student outcomes in school, home and community settings. This is an extraordinary partnership that focuses on directly supporting the education of students. The focus on literacy serves as a basis for student academic success, positive student behaviors and attitudes, and student health and well-being."
Over the course of the 2020–2021 school year, Joseph-Beth will be looking to provide class books to Withrow, offer customers the opportunity to buy books for Withrow over the holidays that then Joseph-Beth will help collect and deliver to Withrow to deliver to students as well as donate items that can be used by Withrow as part of their student incentive shop for kids.
"We are so thankful for the work Withrow is doing to support literacy and we are thrilled to be able to partner with them this year," said Miller.