Pathways Early Education Center partnered with Books for Collier Kids to distribute 1,000 books

Submitted photo: These two are ready to start reading.

Naples — Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee hosted a Summer Literacy Celebration for its students and their families. More than 1,000 books were distributed to Pathways’ families in a drive-thru event designed to encourage reading and get children excited about going back to school.

Age-appropriate books for Pathways children and their siblings were donated by Books for Collier Kids. Pathways teachers pre-sorted the books so that each family would receive a personalized selection of fun, educational, and engaging books for their children to enjoy. Though the school has been closed because of the coronavirus outbreak, teachers have continued to provide its families with enriching educational activities and support to keep their children on track for success.

“We are excited that through this program, Pathways’ children will be able to visit places outside of their familiar world as they stay close to home by opening a book during this difficult time,” said Mary Polizzotto, Books for Collier Kids.

“The hardworking families that bring their children to Pathways are on the frontlines of the agriculture and service industries that are the backbone of Collier County’s economy. We are proud to support them with a continuum of care as our community recovers from the pandemic,” said Beth Hatch, Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee

Over Pathways 56-years of operation, the leadership team has seen that parents with little to no education can raise successful college graduates, who will never have to work below minimum wage. The center’s vision is to make this dream a reality for all the children of Immokalee by providing affordable early education, helping children overcome developmental delays, and partnering with complimentary agencies in a continuum of care to keep the children healthy.

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Submitted photo: Pathways staff ready to give away books to area children.