Georgia Power will be funding more reading nooks, similar to the City of Statesboro's reading nook.​
Mayor Jonathan McCollar reads to children in the City of Statesboro's reading nook.​ Credit: Bulloch County Schools

Local businesses in Bulloch County are helping to improve kids’ access to books by creating reading nooks.

Since November 2021, the Bulloch County Literacy Council’s Bulloch READ initiatives has established five reading nooks in the community, including at the City of Statesboro.

According to the council, the reading nooks will help improve preschool and early-elementary literacy across the county.

The cozy corners offer a place for kids to look at or read books, and families may take a book home from local business’ reading nooks to help build their own home libraries and nooks.

Bulloch Solutions and Franklin Chevrolet-Buick-GMC were first adopters of the program. They are also program sponsors.

Now, with the help of a $2,500 grant from the Georgia Power Foundation, more local businesses will have the opportunity to take part in the program.

The grant stems from Georgia Power Foundation’s Citizens of Georgia Power program, which sees employees and retirees make contributions that the company then matches.

Since 2019, the foundation has donated $11,300 to Bulloch County’s literacy initiatives. These initiatives support the Bulloch County Schools Book Bus and Bulloch READ initiatives.

The Literacy Council is available to guide businesses in how to establish a reading nook. For more information, contact Crystal Simpkins, Bulloch County Schools’ early learning director at 912.212.8500 or csimpkins@bullochschools.org.

For additional program information, click here.