Early Bird Reader Program

A South Texas community volunteer project in collaboration with Success by 6, a program of the United Way of the Coastal Bend

For more information call 361.563.1452 or write info@earlybirdreader.org



Program Partners

Corpus Christi Independent School District
CCISD's support is significant to the expansion and success of the Early Bird Reader Program in Corpus Christi as it would be impossible to implement this program in schools without their whole-hearted participation and creativity. They have been a significant partner since the beginning of our program. As part of their Family and Community Engagement initiative, all CCISD schools are ecnouraged to support the program by either distributing brooks or by collecting books.

Education Service Center, Region 2
ESC-2 has been a long-term partner in recruiting and communication with school districts and librarians in the surrounding towns and communities, as well as the other ISDs in Corpus Christi. In 2010 they offered the program prime and accessible storage at their facility for the books we have collected and purchased for distribution to our education partners and our Early Bird Readers.

Success by 6
After a long and productive partnership with The Corpus Christi Literacy Council, we have created a new fiduciary relationship with Success by 6, a well-established literacy program of the United Way of the Coastal Bend in 2020. This partnership provides us with even more community connections and the ability to accept tax deductible financial gifts through their 501(c)3 status.

Corpus Christi and Portland Public Libraries
The public libraries have agreed to permanently house our "bookeries" - large wooden collection boxes painted in bright pink and lime green. Now the community has accessible, year-round locations to recycle their used children books and to put them to good use in home where the need is great.

Flint Hills Resources was the generous sponsor of the Community Action Council that conceived this project and worked from 2007-2014 to get it to the current point of exciting growth and sustainability.

H-E-B was our first outside corporate sponsor with a large financial contribution and a city-wide book drive at all of the grocery stores in 2007. They paid for the radio and tv commercials to promote the book drive and helped us to believe that this was a program the community would support. They were right! H-E-B continues to support Early Bird Reader through book contributions.

Other significant community partners and sponsors over the yeaers:
American Bank
Basic Industries of South Texas
Kathryn Childers
CC Bays Foundation
CC Literacy Council
CC Masonic Lodge #189
Crocker Moving & Storage
Half-Price Books
Kailo Communications Studio
KEDT-TV Education Services
Pathfinder Consulting
Pathways To Wellness