Playhouse Story









In 2011 and 2012 Carroll County Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy has given away a storybook playhouse specially designed and inspired by the children’s book. The 2011 book was Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner. The 2012 book was Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Each playhouse was on display for the month of April in front of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center. The drawing was held at the end of Mayfest on the square in Carrollton.

Both playhouses have been built by R&R Enterprises and painted and decorated by a volunteer group of talented artists. The first year the Carrollton Art Guild members Bill Leslie, Ursula Lingefelt, Mary Rogers, Martha Martin, and Noel Stewart. Alan Kuykendall provided the paint. In 2012 the playhouse was painted by Cliff Samples, art professor from UWG.

We successfully raised about $3400 each year. All the funds raised are used to pro-vide FREE, new, quality, age appropriate books for registered children in our county between the ages of 0-5. Each child gets the joy of receiving a book in the mail each month! These books are available for ALL young children in Carroll County. While we provide these books for FREE to children, the cost to the foundation is $28 per child per year.

We currently serve approximately 3000 of the 8000 children eligible in the county. Car-roll County Ferst Foundation has been sending books to children since 2005. We are proud to say that children enrolled in this program are not only learning the love of reading but are also scoring 5-7 points higher on the kindergarten readiness test than children not in the program. Our goal is to one day reach all the young children in the county and help families participate in early reading together.

For more information, contact Karen Hartley, 770-377-1426 or Martha Thurman, 770-832-8962.