Early Bird Reader Program

A South Texas community volunteer project in collaboration with Corpus Christi Literacy Council, CCISD and Education Service Center-Region 2

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



Program Partners

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.

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.

Corpus Christi Literacy Council
The Corpus Christi Literacy Council stepped up to serves as the programs fiduciary agent in 2013. This partnership provides us with the ability to accept tax deductible financial gifts through their 501(c)3 status. The council's Executive Director is an active member of the EBRP Committee and has provided valuable resources and knowledge to our program.

KIII-TV is enthusiastically committed to hosting the annual KIII-TV Early Bird Reader Community Book Drive. Each year we continue to bring in increasing larger number of books and community awareness for the need and this particular solution for addressing early literacy problems. KIII agreed to sponsore the first book drive in 2008. With the cooperation of the news and promotions departments, the Early Bird Reader Program has received significant media coverage and is one of their most successful community events.

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.

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:

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.
American Bank
Basic Industries of South Texas
Kathryn Childers
CC Bays Foundation
CC Masonic Lodge #189
Crocker Moving & Storage
Half-Price Books
Kailo Communications Studio
KEDT-TV Education Services
Pathfinder Consulting
Pathways To Wellness
United Way of the Coastal Bend