An innovative partnership between the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) and the Brawley Public Library that provides books and other library services to migrant children and their families is garnering statewide recognition.
RCOE’s Literacy And Mobile Book Services (LAMBS) program is being honored with a Golden Bell Award, a leading educational honor in California sponsored by the California School Boards Association (CSBA).
Celebrating its 35th year, the Golden Bell Awards promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of governing boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California.
The Golden Bell Awards program honors exemplary programs in 19 major categories that highlights best practices to support effective governance, teaching and student learning.
LAMBS was started in 2001 to improve the literacy skills of young migrant children and their families through computer training, story time, arts and crafts, free books, a lending library, and educational toys/games for parents and caregivers to check out.
The program has served more than 6,000 children since its inception, and three times that many family members, resulting in a 66 percent increase in the amount of time parents read to their children and 72 percent increase in the number of books checked out by parents for their children.
As a partnership with the Brawley Public Library, the program is supported by local, state and federal funding, the Children and Families Commission, annual contributions from the California State Library Foundation, Friends of the Brawley Library, and local businesses.