Children’s Book Drive

Throughout May, drop off new and gently used books to bless local elementary school children!

Ever heard of the term “summer learning loss”? It’s a troubling trend in which students lose valuable literacy skills when they stop reading during their break from school. Low-income children are especially susceptible to this problem because they often go home to an environment where there are very few books or other reading resources.

• Every summer, low-income kids lose 2-3 months in reading achievement while their higher-income peers make slight gains.

• By the end of 3rd grade, 4 out of 5 low-income students fail to read proficiently, making them 4 times more likely to drop out of high school.

• By 5th grade, cumulative years of summer learning loss can leave low-income students 2-3 years behind their peers.

To help, we’re partnering with Conn Elementary to make sure low-income students in grades K-5 leave school on the last day of the year with books in hand! Research shows that even reading four or five books over the summer helps to prevent the summer learning loss, and maintain literacy skills.

Can you give five new or gently-used children’s books, to make a huge impact on a child’s life? Or, even one or two? Books can be dropped-off at the 1st floor collection bins throughout the month of May.

Please join us in this simple way to love on our little neighbors at Conn Elementary!