SynTerra employees participate in literacy programs

SynTerra employees participate in literacy programs

By Maris Lawyer (Posted Aug. 7, 2018):

Volunteers from SynTerra are stepping up to support Upstate literacy initiatives and events like a recent Family Reading Night at Greenbrier Elementary School.

SynTerra employees are stepping up to support much-needed literacy initiatives in the Upstate. They’re doing it through nonprofit programs like Public Education Partners (PEP), United Way, and the Rotary Club of Greenville County.

On July 18, SynTerra volunteers participated in PEP’s Family Reading Night at Greenbrier Elementary School in Mauldin. They read stories to groups of children, guided parents in read-aloud techniques, and assisted with a book fair, where each child got to select three free books. PEP supports the public education system in Greenville County through programs such as Make Summer Count, which focuses on maintaining student reading levels when school is out and books are less accessible.

SynTerra President Mark Taylor is among Rotary Club members who read to children on a monthly basis. He reads to pre-K children at Overbrook Child Development Center. “It’s the best hour of my week,” Taylor says.

SynTerra participates in a book drive hosted by United Way of Greenville County every spring. “Be a Book Bunny” collects and distributes books to underprivileged children in Greenville County. “It’s hugely important for children to have books of their own,” Taylor remarks. “People don’t realize the impact that makes.”

PEP, United Way, and the Rotary Club are three of many organizations that support literacy initiatives in the Upstate. Please visit their websites for opportunities to get involved.

Learn more about Public Education Partners.
Learn more about United Way’s Be a Book Bunny program.
Learn more about the Rotary Club of Greenville reading program.