It was no surprise how excited I was when a new bookstore opened in my town just over a year ago. I gush about River Bend Bookshop so much I’ve been asked more than once if I work there. (Answer – no, I am just a volunteer publicist, working on maintaining my ambassador badge.)
From the River Bend website:
Help us get books in the hands of kids who need them most!
Purchase a book bundle for $25, and we will give 7-12 books to school children in Glastonbury and surrounding communities. Book Bundle purchases made through the end of April will be distributed through the alternate school lunch pickup programs operating within Glastonbury and our neighboring towns.
River Bend booksellers are selecting and ordering a wide variety of titles appropriate for K-12 students, with an emphasis on high-interest stories that will keep kids engaged in independent reading.
Why should you support this initiative? Because having books in the home matters. Consider these statistics:
The average middle-class child is likely to own 13 books at any given time, while the average low-income neighborhood has one book for every 300 children. (Changing the Odds for Children at Risk, Susan Neuman, University of Michigan)
The number of books in a home has a more direct effect on the eventual level of a child’s education than do the parents’ education and economic standing. (20-year study, Moriah Evans, University of Nevada at Reno)
With schools and libraries closed, many children lack access to age-appropriate reading material. You can make an immediate impact by getting books into the hands of the children who need them most, right here in your neighborhood.
* River Bend is not a non-profit organization, but we are passing the entirety of your contribution directly on to kids in the form of books. We saw a need and created an opportunity to contribute. We’re using our publisher and wholesaler relationships to source new books in bulk for considerable discounts, allowing your $25 to purchase 7-12 books.
Thank you for supporting this program! Please contact us at the shop if you have any questions about your participation.
So….how fantastic is that?! I encourage you to hop on over and donate, or look for a similar way to give in your own area. I’m convinced now more than ever that building a literate society today is key in moving us all forward to a better future.