Meet my friend Emily Moberly. Currently, she is a nominee for San Diego’s Woman of the Year 2015. Why, you may ask? She is the founder of Traveling Stories – “a 501c3 nonprofit organization that specializes in creating experiences where families fall in love with reading!”. In short, she found a way to give back to the community by creating an organization that gets kids to love reading books.
I first met Emily a couple of years back during one of my birthday celebrations. She is fun, smart, passionate and most of all very caring about her cause. Did you know that:
“83% of children from low-income families in America cannot read proficiently at grade level by the time they reach 4th grade. This makes them 13 times more likely to leave school without a diploma.”
Even I didn’t know that statistic! It’s very saddening to hear that considering in my generation we grew up and lived off learning to love reading books! Reading is a very powerful capability, and I think its time we all need to raise literacy awareness.
I’m glad that after all these years we’ve kept in touch. Today was the first time in a long time that I got to hang out with her and I’m very glad we did! As a child, I LOVED READING BOOKS. When I was a child, I even wanted to write my own books.( I guess even writing my blog can be considered one.) It’s a shame that many kids don’t have the passion, and or necessary programs to get them to spark their imagination.
Which is why, I am happy that I reached out to Emily to see if I could help with her cause. So I am happy to say that I am glad to now be a part of the Traveling Stories Team!
If anyone wants more info on Traveling Stories for donations, or even want to Volunteer their time you should visit the website!
THANKS EMILY, AND I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET THE REST OF THE INSPIRING TEAM AT TRAVELING STORIES!