Thursday, February 2, 2012

Raising a new generation of readers

Last summer I attended a trivia night at Left Bank Books, an independent bookstore here in St. Louis.  While there, I had the opportunity to sign up for their River City Readers program.  This is a program that funds books for area school students.  A $ 100 donation provides a student with a new book every other month during the school year.  By the end of the school year, the student has the beginning of their own library collection.

Left Bank's goal this year is to raise $ 20,000 in an effort to reach more students.  I would love to sponsor a classroom, but I can't do it alone.  I thought that since you're here, you're obviously a reader.  Chances are, your love for reading started as a child.  Wouldn't it be great if we could sponsor a classroom?  The average classroom has 25 students.  At $ 100 per child, we would need to raise $ 2,500.  My goal is to have that amount by the end of April so that I can submit a check to Left Bank on our behalf at the beginning of May.

I've set up a fundly page that you can bookmark and you'll find a donation button on the right.  If you're on Facebook, you can donate by clicking on the donate icon on the left side of the Reads4Pleasure Facebook page.  Give as much or as little as you choose.  Every bit helps!

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