"Over 60% of low-income families have no children's books in the home. Just like their wealthier peers, children need books that they like, ones they choose themselves, at their level, and on topics that interest them." (Source: http://www.languageandliteracyforall.org/literacy/reading-for-life-the-povertyilliteracy-connection/)
Having fewer than 25 books in the home is an indicator of poverty. We take this statistic, as well as literacy studies pertaining to children living in poverty, very seriously. It is one of the reasons we started this project and why we have been focused on building home libraries through periodic book donations and free book stores throughout this past school year at Monroe.
So what do we have up our sleeve? We would like to ensure every kindergarten student at Monroe has 25 books in their home! How do we plan to do that? By launching a large book drive over the summer in hopes of acquiring enough books for 90 students to create their own home library of, you guessed it, 25 books. We hope to achieve this goal by attaining new books, gently used books, or cash donations from our community supporters. That is a total of 2250 books and we would love to deliver them at the beginning of the school year to kick off our campaign.
We have spent a lot of time speaking with the family liaison and principal at Monroe over the course of the year. They have shared with us that many of their students do not have consistent housing and books they may have might get left behind. We have an idea we hope will work when the kids move: delivering the books in crates. This will provide a safe place for them to keep their books at home, as well as an easy way to transport them if necessary!
Want to help us with the book drive? We would appreciate it! Here are a few suggestions, but please feel free to use your creativity as well: Vacation Bible School or church drive, garage sale or thrift store scavengers, or a neighborhood drive. If you have books you would like to donate, they can be dropped off at the Mel Foster location in Bettendorf on Spruce Hills Drive. We hope to add other locations this summer, so please check back for more information. If you would like to donate money, you can do so here through our Paypal site, at any First Central State Bank location, or by mailing a check.
Please email us at email@example.com with any questions, comments, or to notify us of a book drive you have set up.
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