In the spirit of giving, the Brownieland Team volunteered with the Pajama Program Reading Center Atlanta providing new pajamas and books to children in need for the Brownieland December Volunteer Project.
The Pajama Program promotes a comforting bedtime routine for children affected by instability to help them thrive. At the Atlanta Reading Center, the programming focuses on shared reading between a child and an adult volunteer. The shared reading experience is aimed to give children a sense of comfort and belonging, so that they feel better prepared for a good night’s rest.
During the holiday season for the last several years, The Woodruff Arts Center has partnered with Carter’s and the Pajama Program to collect pajamas for children in need in the metro-Atlanta area. Collection bins were located at The Woodruff Arts Center and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre during A Christmas Carol, which is generously sponsored by Carter’s. Carter’s supported the Pajama Program by hosting an in-store and online campaign encouraging its customers to donate new pajamas and funds to the Pajama Program to help support every child’s right to a good night.
The Pajama Program believes that every child has the right to a loving good night, complete with the comforting bedtime ritual of changing into new, clean pajamas and enjoying an enchanting story. Therefore, all of their Reading Center programming is complete with the magical gifts of new pajamas and storybooks to each child that attends a shared reading experience.
The children who attend their programming are between the ages of 4 and 18 and visit from local community partners including shelters, Pre-kindergarten/Head Start programs, group homes, Title I schools, and other child-serving organizations.
Reading Buddies are paired with school age children during the volunteer one hour Reading Party to do shared reading. During shared reading, Reading Buddies may read between 1 and 4 books and engage in conversations that inspire creativity. Afterwards, children will select a book to take home with the help of their Reading Buddy.
Each Reading Party begins with circle time introductions and ends with a pajama presentation where each child receives a new pair of pajamas.