Support Children’s Literacy Through #SWEU T-Shirts

This is your chance to support Star Wars, the Expanded Universe, and help provide literacy resources to children in one swift stroke.

Many of our readers are frequent users of Twitter, and anyone who follows @EUCantina will recognize the #SWEU hashtag at once. The acronym for the Star Wars Expanded Universe is slowly replacing the simple use of “EU” in many places on the web. To allow fans to show their support for the Expanded Universe on Twitter (and the SWEU in general), we’ve created a new t-shirt design, primarily with the hope that fans will buy the shirt and wear it at Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando, Florida this August. Wearing the shirt is a great way to grow interest in the EU on Twitter and on the Internet in general.

Because these shirts (and various other items) are being sold through Cafepress, EUCantina receives a small portion of the profit from sales. For every product sold, we receive $3.

This is where it gets exciting. EUCantina will donate all of the money we make from sales to Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. RIF provides new books and other literacy resources to children and families in need. You can help RIF, as they provide children with over 15 million new books each year.

To purchase a shirt, view our store here. You can see a large picture of the image on the items, and find out more about RIF, below.

UPDATE: A new design is now available: #ZahnSolo! Even Timothy Zahn wants one!

The Reading is Fundamental Mission (RIF website):

To motivate young children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8.

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. We prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. We inspire children to be lifelong readers through the power of choice. RIF provides new, free books for children to choose from and make their own. The seeds of inspiration in these books have motivated children to follow their dreams and achieve their potential. Yes, it seems incredible for a book to launch a life, but it happens every day as hungry, inquisitive young minds reach out and grab hold of the new people, places, and ideas that books bring them.

Nearly two-thirds of low-income families in the U.S. own no books.

Planting seeds of inspiration in our nation’s most vulnerable children is what RIF and a network of more than 400,000 volunteers do. Whether in schools, homeless shelters, or community centers—wherever you find children—RIF volunteers spend countless hours distributing books, staging reading motivation activities, and promoting the importance of literacy in their communities.

Logo as it appears on products

About the Author

Austin Blankenship is the webmaster of EUCantina. He is a host of our official podcast, EUCast, and also founded our sister website, SoloSound.net. Austin helped turn EUCantina from a forum into a website in 2007, and continues to operate the site and the EUC social media accounts. Austin works as a librarian in a small town above Atlanta, Georgia.