Monday, October 1, 2012

Helping them read one book at a time! #NickCFK

Reading is a big hobby of mine and teaching children to read is something I'm really passionate about. If you read my blog then you know that I have been working on a campaign the past few weeks for Champions for Kids. They have a monthly SIMPLE service project that the everyday person can participate in to really make a difference in the lives of children.

For the month of September the project was collecting children's books to donate to an organization in need.  In case you didn't know:

61% of low-income families have no books for children in their homes, and more than 80% of the preschool and after-school programs serving at-risk children have no books at all.
Approximately 8.7 million fourth through twelfth grade students struggle with required reading and writing tasks in school. For many adolescent students, ongoing difficulties with reading and writing figure prominently in the decision to drop out of school.  
I used to work in the school system and those stats are staggering to me! I actually saw first hand how important it is to close that reading gap at an early age or it may never close and that's exactly what those stats prove! That's why Champions for Kids partnered with Nickelodeon to create the Big Help Book Drive (#NickCFK)!

My kids already have several Nickelodeon the Big Help Books so they were thrilled to help with this one. We went to Walmart and picked out several books to donate. You can see our entire shopping trip in my Google + Album. The latest Dora book: Dora the Gymnast is out now but we were unable to find it so we picked up some other really cute Dora books to donate instead.
DVD cover not book cover

Then we grabbed a big box, threw in our donations and I posted a call for donations on my neighborhood Facebook page and to my friends and family. We didn't have many days to collect but I was excited to see what we could get.

I also contacted our local United Way for suggestions of places to donate the books. One idea they gave me was to find a local head start program and donate them there. There was one right down the road from our house so I picked them. I wanted to get the max amount of books I could in the short time so I actually have to wait until tomorrow until I can turn in my donation. They were closed today.

(photo credit: United Way Cumberland County Facebook page)
My kids were a little disappointed that we couldn't make our donation today but they were excited to go through their books to give some away to kids who needed them. We ended up with a grand total of  64 books not including the additional 20 books that my kids contributed. That was awesome for only a week of collecting! I also plan to continue our book drive and ask my kids' classrooms to help donate. I think it's great to get kids involved.

So what are you waiting for? You don't have to do a big book drive. I didn't but as you can see from just a few generous donations we were able to collect a lot. Heck, you may have a ton of books to donate all on your own. Just collect them, find an organization in need, take them down and then report your donation to the Champions for Kids website! It's just that simple. If you want to see what others have done then follow CFK on Twitter and Facebook and Nickelodeon on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Champions for Kids. #NickCFK #CBias

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