Brightside Project aims to help needy children realize their full potential

The event took place at the Memorial Building on State Street in Salem

The Brightside Project aims "to equip and empower children to reach their full potential."

SALEM, Ohio (WYTV) – A local non-profit organization hosted an event Saturday to help children read.

The Brightside Project aims “to equip and empower children to reach their full potential.”

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Building on State Street, The Brightside Project passed out backpacks full of food, personal care items, books and a stuffed animal reading buddy. There was also a story-time session that ran throughout the day.

“We just want to promote literacy for the kids — get them away from the cell phones and the iPads and all the electronic stuff and really push the reading,” said founder Scott Lewis.

Lewis said The Brightside Project wants to enable the children who get these books to become healthy adults.