Boerne Reads began as a program to provide books to children who are living in poverty and crisis. What began as small donations to a few facilities has grown into a vital resource in the fight against illiteracy. Boerne Reads helps children develop a love of reading through better access to books.
We have provided over 30,000 new and gently used books in our community since 2016. Not only have we distributed books through crisis facilities, we created a lending library at Head Start as well as the Boerne Academy and we provide various organizations with books they can give to children as prizes.
In 2020, Boerne Reads became a 501(c)3 organization. As the need for literacy support grew in the community, it was important for Boerne Reads to be able to grow as well. We are excited to create more ways to serve our community's children, one book at a time.
Boerne Reads is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in Kendall County. This program supports our community through literacy initiatives that strengthen reading skills, provide access to books, educate parents on the importance of reading to their children, and provide resources which boost reading skills. Together, we can work to fight illiteracy and ensure that every child has access to books and literacy programs. Boerne Reads not only shows kids how much fun reading can be, but how important reading is for success in academics and life.
We are no different than many small non-profits; getting a lot done with a small staff. Boerne Reads is the creation of many great people coming together to meet a need and a desire to make a difference in our community. Boerne Reads is run by a board of directors. Ariel Brooks-Stevens and Sara Schmit run the operations of the organization and provide insight to the board on initiatives, projects and needs. Between the two of them, there are many years of business experience and a lifelong love for reading.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Dana Mathews - Board Chair
Robb Well - Vice Chair/Treasurer
Jayne Burton - Secretary
Olivia Burdick - Trustee
Rebecca Foley - Trustee
Ricky Gleason - Trustee