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RTP’s ‘Books On Break’ To Benefit Durham Students

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 reed@rtp.org.

4,000 Books on the Summer Reading List

When Community Outreach@rtp met with Book Harvest to coordinate the inaugural RTP Books on Break book drive, the committee was given a lofty goal of helping to provide over 1,200 students with books to take and home and keep, before the summer break began.  After all, books are one of the best ways to arrest the summer slide that plagues low-income children and that contributes to the achievement gap.

With generous donations from RTP employees throughout the Park, Community Outreach@rtp was able to collect a whopping 4,000 new and gently used books to aid the program! Companies that hosted collections sites and events included:

  • Avaya
  • NetApp
  • BD Technologies
  • NISS/SAMSI
  • Biogen Idec
  • Research Triangle Foundation
  • Cisco
  • RTI International
  • Ericsson
  • Underwriters Laboratories
  • Fidelity Investments
  • US EPA
  • First Flight Venture Center

There were a number of donations from many other individuals and companies throughout the Park as well, and their support and generosity is greatly appreciated, not only by Community Outreach@rtp, but also by over 1,200 students at 16 different schools who now can look forward to a summer filled with the joy of reading.

Cisco Employees Sorting Books

40 Cisco employees sorted a total of 6,273 books on May 23

I’d also like to extend a special note of thanks to Cisco and its 40 wonderful employees that took an afternoon on May 23rd to sort the books into appropriate categories.

As to what will happen with all these books (and more), each child participating in Books on Break will be able to select ten books to take home to keep.  This infusion of ten self-selected books will help stop academic regression that disproportionately affects low-income children over the summer.  All the children selecting books are underprivileged, don’t have easy access to books in the summer, and in many cases own no books (until now).

Students with Books in Hand

1200 students with 10 books each makes for one great summer!

On behalf of Community Outreach@rtp and the Research Triangle Park, I’d like to say think you everyone involved.  With the Park’s donation of books, Book Harvest will be able to distribute over 12,000 books this week and next.

For more information on Community Outreach@rtp visit www.rtp.org/community. To learn more about Book Harvest, visit www.bookharvestnc.org.

Give a Book. Change a Life.

Community Outreach@rtp will be running a book drive from April 19 to May 15, and we need your new and gently used children’s books!

Books in the home are the single biggest predictor of academic success – yet more than half of our country’s low-income children do not own a single book, setting them up to struggle in school and to perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

The books we collect will be donated to Books on Break, a program to enable Durham’s low-income children to select up to ten books to take home and keep at the end of the school year.  These books will help arrest the summer slide that plagues low-income children and that contributes to the achievement gap.

There are a few easy ways to participate:

  • Between now and May 15th, simply drop your book donations in the specially marked bins located at RTP Headquarters, 12 Davis Drive (and at the Food Truck Rodeo on the 19th).  Your company may be hosting drop off bins as well.
  • If you don’t have gently used books at home to donate, please consider purchasing new books.  To make it even easier, buy books from Books on Break’s Amazon wish list and have them shipped directly to the RTP Headquarters:  http://amzn.com/w/1HQGXBNUBPF0X
    OR
    Stop by the Regulator Bookshop on Ninth Street in Durham and purchase a new book to donate to Books on Break; you’ll receive a 20% discount.

We need books for elementary school children (1st through 6th grade), from picture books to chapter books.  And we are grateful for both new books and gently used books that your kids may have outgrown.

Books on Break is a joint project of Community Outreach@rtp (a committee of the RTP Owners and Tenants Assocation), Book Harvest and Durham Public Schools.

To learn more, please visit www.bookharvestnc.org and www.rtp.org/community. And if you’d like to host a drop off location at your office, we have sign templates and flyers available at www.rtp.org/community.

Thank you for helping Triangle kids experience the joy of book ownership this summer!