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Help Collect 200,000 Books For Underpriviledged Kids

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Did you know there are tens of thousands of kids growing up in the Charlotte area without any kids books at home? In fact, there are 100,000 children in the greater Charlotte area living in poverty and an estimated 60 percent of them have 1 or 0 children’s books at home. Yet according to the US Department of Education, if a child is not exposed to books by they enter kindergarten, they are 3- 4 times more likely to drop out of high school in later years.

From May 2nd to May 13th, Promising Pages and Classroom Central are teaming up for Books & Basics to collect 200,000 new and gently used children’s books along with donations of new pens, pencils, and packs of paper. Many of the books that are donated will be delivered by “Erm the Book Worm” to underprivileged children at Crisis Assistance Ministry and other social service agencies. All school supplies collected will be distributed through Classroom Central’s Free Store for teachers.

“There are tens of thousands of kids growing up around us who have no books at home. These children have never had an adult read them a bedtime story. As a result, they see reading as a chore. As a community, we can change this. Reading is essential to their academic success but also to their ability to be creative, to feel inspired and to feel hope that they can change their life circumstances and break the cycle of poverty. Knowledge truly is power. And that’s why Erm and Erma are so great – the kids are getting exposure to books, but they don’t think of it like that. To them it’s a party, and that’s the first step in getting them excited about reading,” says Classroom Central’s Executive Director Janice Booth.

Members of the community are encouraged to volunteer to play Erm or Erma, it’s a one-time 45 minute commitment. Visit
http://www.classroomcentral.org and http://www.promisingpages.com for details on the drive that runs area wide though May 13th.

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