Actress Jennifer Garner — perhaps best known for her starring role in the TV series “Alias” as well as the films “Daredevil,” “Juno,” and “13 Going on 30″ — shed her acting persona this week as she traveled to South Carolina’s Statehouse to promote childhood literacy.
Garner serves on the board of the nonprofit “Save the Children,” an international organization that works on behalf of children’s rights worldwide. While the program is best known for its work fighting hunger and helping orphans in Third World nations, it has also spent the past decade reaching out to help literacy programs in poor, rural American communities.
It was this second purpose that brought Garner and Save the Children Action Network president Mark Shriver to Columbia on Wednesday and Thursday. Garner, a native of West Virgina
“Kids growing up in poverty hear about 30 million fewer words by the time they’re three years old,” Garner said in a sit-down interview with South Carolina Radio Network. “And that matters. That is what gets the synapses to go off in your brain and set you up to be able to speak, to be able to read, to be able to take in verbiage. And go from learning to read to reading to learn.”
AUDIO: Garner speaks about “Save the Children,” and why she became involved (1:10)