This remarkable literacy brigade is thriving at Ohio State University during the pandemic.

Reading our stories at, you will see that young people wanting to make lasting change for good are the wind in our literacy sails.

Our first magazine recycling project was organized by a classroom of kindergarten students in San Francisco for children at a nearby homeless shelter.

This story is how Ohio State University student Sravya Patibandla has persevered through pandemic darkness to shine our literacy light for thousands of at-risk children and families when it’s needed now more than ever.

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As we get our literacy flywheel turning at the new Ohio Literacy Bank, like a food bank that feeds hungry minds, we are fueled by the passionate energy of so many young people, like Aya who helps to run our social media, and Aly who handles our communications with consumer literacy recyclers, and Jazmyne who organizes our media lists and homeless outreach, and the students at Reynoldsburg High School and others bundling magazines for delivery to new readers.

All this on the shoulders of young people lifting our efforts in Wisconsin, Toronto, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, across the USA, and around the world.

Reading is where it all begins and we are so very grateful and inspired by the young champions helping us to share the magazine love for literacy.