MAOF Hosts Molina Foundation launch of its “Leap into Reading”


                Molina Foundation to Receive Half a Million+ New Books From 

           Pearson for Donation to High-Need Communities Across the Nation

Feb. 29 Announcement Event in Montebello to Present

 Local Latino-Oriented Service Organization as First Recipient 


The announcement of a major donation of 600,000 new K-12 books and resource materials to aid The Molina Foundation in its national mission of promoting literacy at home and its work to close the country’s “word gap” problem impacting children in underserved communities.

The publications, which are in English, Spanish and bilingual, are part of a donation being made by Pearson through the Pearson Book Donation Program.

Details will be presented on how The Molina Foundation, through its Book Buddies program, will distribute the publications to nonprofit groups, community agencies and public libraries across the nation. The announcement will be made at the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, the local community service agency selected as the first donation recipient.


Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 ― 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Announcement Event / Sample Book Displays / Children’s Head Start Preschool Reading Party

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

401 North Garfield Avenue, Montebello 90640


In addition to fostering a love of reading and helping households create word-rich environments, The Molina Foundation is dedicated to helping bridge the “word gap,” the dramatic difference in vocabulary levels between economically disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers. By age 4, middle- and upper-income children can hear up to 30 million more words than poorer children. Research shows that in some low-income neighborhoods there is only one book available on average for every 300 children.


The Molina Foundation is a Long Beach, CA-based national nonprofit organization. Pearson is the world’s leading learning company with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries. The nationwide distribution effort will be a cooperative endeavor with a diversity of participants, including libraries, literacy projects, day care facilities, community centers, city programs, food bank service providers and faith-based groups.



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