Read and Seed Parent Literacy Program helps families learn and grow together

Parents will have the opportunity to learn and grow with their children this summer through the Read and Seed Parent Literacy Program that is being hosted by the Kalamazoo Literacy Council in collaboration with Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan.

Read and Seed works with parents of school-aged children to improve their reading, writing, spelling and comprehension skills so they can help their children and families succeed. This exciting project brings together reading, health, science and the environment all around the subject of a community garden.

This summer’s Read and Seed activities include the KLC Page Turners Book Club and gardening and learning sessions in the Read and Seed Community Garden located behind Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan at 420 E. Alcott Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001.

The Page Turners Book Club meets every Tuesday 12-1:00 p.m. starting June 21, 2016 at The Reading Center at Goodwill. The first read for the summer will be Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman. In this book, a community comes together and turns an empty lot into a beautiful garden. People from many different cultures help each other. Their relationships grow as the plants in their garden plots do. A book talk is being scheduled later in the summer to discuss the book. Copies of Seedfolks will be provided to all students and their tutors who participate.

Read and Seed Garden Work Days are scheduled every Thursday from 12-1:00 p.m. Participants will grow fruits and vegetables such as melons, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Some extra benefits from joining are learning how to grow healthy, eat healthy, and being able to meet new people.


For more information about the Read and Seed Parent Literacy Program, call: (269) 382-0490 ext. 224 or email