Like everyone else, the entire ALLMemphis team has closely followed the news and information about COVID-19 and its impact on our community. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected so far, and we have been actively developing ways that we can support students and parents during this unprecedented time while schools are closed and other activities are temporarily suspended.
Even though schools are closed, it's important for students to continue working toward their reading benchmarks and goals. We understand that it might be a little overwhelming for parents to try to help their children with this. That's why, beginning March 24, we've been offering our signature ALLMemphis reading instruction online. Parents can follow us on Facebook or tune into Channel 19 and get access to videos and other resources to make reading a fun, educational part of everyday family life. Or, they can head to our website for full access to our archived video lessons.
ALLMemphis is also assembling and distributing 500 school kits to students at our partner schools and other SCS schools. Each kit will include ALLMemphis-branded pencils, pencil sharpeners (generously donated by 4Imprint USA), magnets, notebook paper, and three of our decodable readers.
Did you know? The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act creates two new tax benefits for people who donate to nonprofits. The first is a deduction of up to $300 for charitable gifts available to those who do not claim itemized deductions on their federal income tax returns. The second change temporarily suspends the limit on how much a donor can deduct in charitable gifts in a single year. Your donation today will support our efforts during this COVID-19 crisis by funding our mission critical services.