CCO Cares…..About Books for Keeps!
We are proud to partner again with Books for Keeps! From now until the end of April 2019, we are accepting new or gently-used books at both CCO locations for children and young adults in Pre-K through 12th grades. Earn 5 Froggy Points for each book donated, up to a total maximum of 50 points.
Since 2009, Books for Keeps (BFK) has given more than 450,000 books to children from low-income families in grades Pre-K through 12. For 11 months of the year, we collect, inspect, sort, and box books, only to give them all away each May. Books we can’t use are sold at our annual BFK Book Sale each August.
Books for Keeps’ primary program is a research-based effort to end “summer slide,” the learning loss suffered by many children when they are away from school. Children from low-income families are disproportionately affected by this loss, often due to a simple lack of access to books.
Many children cannot or do not access their public libraries for reasons related to geography, transportation, or something as simple as an inability to pay fines for lost books.
By middle school, the children from these families may be three grade-levels behind their peers. That gap is nearly insurmountable, and negatively affects their chances of graduating high school.
Books for Keeps bridges the gap by giving them books – high-quality, exciting books with contemporary titles. It’s a strategy proven to have a similar impact to attending summer school, but at a fraction of the cost.
For more information about Books for Keeps and their mission, you may visit their website, booksforkeeps.org
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