On December 17th, we donated 84 book and blanket sets to kindergarten students at Jefferson Elementary in Davenport. Our signature story, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes was shared and Pete popped in to see the kids. They were thrilled! We were amazed at the participation level of the kids. They sang their little hearts out!
Handing the bags filled with a book and a blanket to the sweet little kids we serve never gets old. So many smiling faces and excited sneak peeks always warms our hearts. We are so thankful we could provide this gift once again, especially right before the holidays! We cannot thank our volunteers who spend hours making blankets, as well as our financial supporters enough. The impact grant we received from the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend has been put to good use!
We also brought eight boxes of used books to share with the school. Typically we let them disperse the the books as they see fit, but this time was a bit different. Two tables were set up outside of the cafeteria in the main lobby. We have been blessed to have had hundreds of gently used books donated that are visually appealing, filled with popular characters, and current. Many barely look touched! We had some time before and after our donation to set them out on the tables and the kids' enthusiasm became palpable. They began digging through the boxes and excitedly yelling, "Check this out!" or "Awesome! How many can I take?!"
So many of us may take this simple gift for granted, but it truly made a difference to these awesome kids. They were so thrilled to be able to call the books their own and were excited about taking them home to read. The best part? They got to make the choice. Kids are much more likely to read if the book is of interest to them. We hope our friends at Jefferson spent time curled up reading those books over their holiday break.
We would like to thank you for your support of our organization in 2014. Over 300 children received book and blanket sets, hundreds of books were donated to build home and classroom libraries, and our first Family Literacy Night was held. We are excited about what 2015 will bring and have some exciting plans in the works. It's going to be a great year!
|Listening (and singing along!) to our Pete the Cat story|
|Receiving their book and blanket bags|
|Giving Pete a high five before they grab their bags|