The presence of books in a child’s home is said to be one of the biggest predictors of academic success. Unfortunately, less than half of America’s lower income children are without a single book in their home.
“Books on Break” is a program aimed to provide lower income children with reading material for the summer months when many experience “summer learning loss.” The Research Triangle Park is joining together to try and help collect over 5,000 books for children in grades 1-6. The books will range from picture books to short novels and both new and gently used books are accepted. In the past this event has been a huge success, bringing together efforts from companies across RTP and helping to show what a philanthropic entity the park can be. With combined efforts of companies and the surrounding community we have the ability to make a truly amazing difference in these children’s lives.
In 2012 the program collected over 4,000 books for children in the Durham County area. This year, we hope to exceed that.
There are several ways to donate books to the program: drop off at RTP headquarters (12 Davis Drive) in one of the drop off bins in our lobby, at one of the bins located at select RTP companies, or you can go online to Amazon.com and buy books from the wish list and they will be shipped directly to the drop off location (http://amzn.com/w/1HQGXBNUBPF0X ).
Over 100,000 books have been placed in deserving homes through our partner Book Harvest and all of the books collected will go to benefit children in Durham Public Schools. Whether it be donating one of your old Dr. Seuss books or helping to purchase a few new books online, anything helps and makes a significant difference to these young growing minds.
The program starts April 15 and will go through May 15, if you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.