Now in its fourth year, South Carolina Future Minds (SCFM) and Bojangles’ bring are holdng the My First Library program, which provides Bojangles’ customers with the opportunity to help buy summer reading books, honor their favorite teachers, and receive a coupon for a free BoBerry biscuit.

Studies show summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading. Meanwhile, the positive effects of summer learning programs like My First Library endure for years. SCFM created My First Library to reach more kindergarten students and improve their chances of succeeding in school.

Through the support of Bojangles’ and its customers, SCFM has provided nearly 11,000 books to more than 1,000 students in nine high-need schools around the state. The partnership also supported Camp AIR (Adventures in Reading) at Gravatt to serve 4th and 5th graders who have been identified by their schools as children who would benefit from additional reinforcement.

“To build a child’s first library is to give a lifelong gift of the love of reading—and all the academic success that comes with it,” said Caroline Mauldin, Executive Director of SCFM. “We are  grateful to Bojangles’ and their customers for making hundreds of ‘first libraries’ possible for children who need them most.”

For the first time this year, the contributions of Bojangles’ customers towards the My First Library program will be supplemented by funding by the Dollar General Foundation and the Longleaf Fund, hosted by the Foundation for the Carolinas.

To support the program, visit your local Bojangles before September 25. When customers buy a $1 teacher tribute card in any one of Bojangles’ 100+ locations across the state, they will help provide new reading books of a child’s choice to kindergarten students  in South Carolina’s high-need schools. Participating customers will also receive a coupon for a free BoBerry Biscuit for use on their next visit. My First Library donations can also be made all year long at www.scfutureminds.org.