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REAP: Reading Enrichment from Away Parents

(l-r) Front Row: Anne Darby, Carolyn Matthews, Tonya Dorsey
Back Row: Marc Epstein, Forrest Alton, Jason Darby, John Hester

The REAP team mission is based on a program called “Books Beyond” that was established at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. The program aims to strengthen the bond between children and their incarcerated parents through books. The REAP program is carried out in three simple steps: first, volunteers work with inmates to choose collected, donated, or purchased books that they would like to share with their children. Second, those books are then read and recorded onto a recording device. Finally, a volunteer will bring the recordings and books to the children for the family to keep forever.  

The REAP team is working on implementing this program in the Midlands region of South Carolina.