Galaxy Press & Marine Toys for Tots Literacy Program
Galaxy Press has partnered with the US Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Literacy Program
A presentation of 100,000 LRH Stories from the Golden Age books took place at Author Services. Receiving this gift was Lieutenant General Pete Osman, President and CEO for the Marine Toys for Tots Program who acknowledged L. Ron Hubbard, his friends, ASI and Galaxy Press, who made this possible.
Galaxy Press—the fiction publisher for L. Ron Hubbard—is now recognized as a 4-star sponsor and the largest contributing book publisher for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. Over the past few years, Galaxy Press has worked closely with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation distributing more than 200,000 LRH fiction books.
When Lt. General Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), took the helm of Toys for Tots, he added a new element to the program—literacy. His philosophy has been that illiteracy underpins much of society’s ills, including poverty, drug abuse and crime. By providing stories that encourage reading, this literacy program will contribute to handling the problem.
The US Marine Corps Toys for Tots Literacy Program’s mission is to offer our nation’s most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to books and educational resources that will enhance their ability to read and to communicate effectively.
Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret) President and CEO Marine Toys for Tots spoke at Galaxy Press’s annual General’s Dinner:
“One third of fourth graders can’t even read at the basic level. If you go to a poor neighborhood, you’ll often find there will be one children’s level book for every 200 children.
“The experts tell us that really one of the best indicators of academic success is how many books are in the home. And a lot of these children have 0 books in the home.
“In fact, those that really do understand literacy say that literacy is the best way to address and to eliminate the cycle of poverty in this country. We’ve come to believe that at Marine Toys for Tots. And that’s why we so strongly support the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
“How does it work?
We get support from Scholastic and other publishers including Galaxy Press. Scholastic gives us books for children who are maybe just beginning elementary school, 6-7 year olds.
“The L. Ron Hubbard books we get from Galaxy Press fit in a particularly important niche. They are for the youngsters who can appreciate an adventure story. It’s exciting. It’s fun to read. It’s a chance for them to really improve their literacy.
“But also it provides a tremendous message. A positive message. It provides them some moral guidance. Good wins over evil. It provides the right decision. The right direction to go.
“That’s what these books do. So they are kind of two-fold. Not only do they help address literacy, they help some of these youngsters who may be a little misguided and get themselves pointed in the right direction.
“It’s a tremendous thing we are doing. So not only can literacy help eliminate the cycle of poverty. It can also help provide guidance that once they tackle the literacy thing will help reduce crime, drug use, and those other kinds of things that are out there.
“Literacy can’t do it all by itself. But there is no doubt in my mind, that it’s a big big piece of the puzzle. So that’s what we are trying to do. And that’s what you’re helping us do.
“There are lots of organizations out there that are addressing literacy. We are trying to push as many books as we possibly can into disadvantaged schools, into the homes where they really need to be.
“There is something special for a kid who holds his own book, that he’s never had before. That’s something that is really special. So that’s what we are trying to do. That love for reading. The guidance that it provides. The potential things that it can bring to that individual in the future. That’s what we are pushing.
“So I want to thank each and every one of you for the role that you have played, that you are continuing to play and that I know you will play in the future. I am absolutely convinced that this can be one of the things that helps this country address poverty by eliminating that cycle of poverty to a great thing we call literacy.”
—Mr. Pete Osman
President and CEO
USMC Toys for Tots Foundation
Lieutenant General (Ret)