My name is Amy Clark Meachum, and I’m a nerd.
OK, I realize there aren’t 12-step programs for readers, but there are support groups to encourage the practice. I currently serve on the Board of Bookspring because literacy and reading have played an important role in my life. From watching my parents study at nights to finish their college degrees, to grabbing a book myself and imagining a world beyond my hometown of Lorena, population 800, I know firsthand that books are critical to developing a child’s imagination.
But sadly, 61% of low-income children have no age appropriate books in their home. That’s why I hope you’ll join me on December 14th for our campaign fundraiser and book drive.
Amy Clark Meachum Campaign Fundraiser & Children’s Book Drive
With special guests
Chairman Garnet Coleman
Chairman Jim Dunnam
Chairman Pete Gallego
Monday, December 14th
5:00 to 6:30 pm
The Austin Club, 110 E. 9th Street, 3rd Floor
Please make sure to bring along a new or gently used children’s book and we’ll deliver them to Bookspring to help support their efforts to promote literacy and a love of reading here in Central Texas.
If you are reading this post, but feel like you don’t know enough about my campaign, I hope you’ll bring a book and just come on by to visit and learn about my desire to serve Travis County. You can also read more about my journey from a small town with no lawyers, to being named a “Rising Star” in Texas Law & Politics Magazine by clicking here.
Not only do I credit reading for giving me the inspiration to be the first in my family to graduate from law school, but I also met my husband while I was running a literacy and mentoring non-profit. We probably owe our marriage to a fifth–grade mentee of mine named Mikey who initially suggested to Kurt that he ask me out. Thankfully our marriage has been light on horror and tragedy. It has been equal parts romance, comedy and adventure – and now the mystery and suspense of raising three kids.
As a woman who went to college on loans and scholarships, worked my way on to the Texas Law Review, and earned a spot as a partner with a major Texas law firm, I know what it’s like to be underestimated. But when kids are growing up without books in the house, they’re not just being underestimated — they’re being counted out. I hope you’ll join us in this effort to put a book in more children’s hands this holiday season.
Thanks for your time and generosity,
The Amy Clark Meachum Campaign
P.O. Box 27351
Austin, Texas 78755