It’s a FACT that 61% of low income families have no books for children in their home, and more than 80% of preschool and after school programs for at-risk kids have no reading materials at all. I know there are many families in my community who fit this demographic and was excited to rally my neighbors for the Champions For Kids SIMPLE Service Project: The Nickelodeon Big Help Book Drive. Children need to develop a love for books and reading at a young age so they can live happier lives. There is an excellent Head Start program in our town that I hoped would benefit from my neighborhood book drive.
My children and I got things started by shopping at Walmart for Nickelodeon character books. We were lucky to find several Dora the Explorer books, every child knows and loves Dora! There are a lot of children from Spanish-speaking homes in our local Head Start program, so I think they will enjoy reading Dora books. My kids pick up Spanish words just from watching Dora’s show on Nickelodeon.
Our next step was to create a simple flyer to distribute throughout our neighborhood. I put a short sentence or two explaining the Nickelodeon Big Help Book Drive SIMPLE Service Project and asked for people to donate new and/or gently used children’s books by putting them on their front porch the next Saturday morning by 10am. Then, they could hang the bright yellow flyer on their doorknob to let us know to stop by and pick up their donation. The kids and I hung flyers on about 20-30 houses in our surrounding area. I thought doing the book drive this way could be an effective way to get book donations…turns out, it was not.
I have to admit it was very disappointing to walk around our neighborhood and realize that not one house had left a book donation for us to pick up. I really felt like I failed in my task. The silver lining on this cloud is that I know every house saw our flyer and if they read it, they are now familiar with the Champions For Kids program by name at the very least. I had also included the #Champions4Kids website address on the flyer and hope some of our neighbors will check it out!
Our donation to the Head Start was small – we were only able to collect and purchase about ten books. But, I am sure those books will be put to good use and hope our local preschool children enjoy the Nickelodeon character book (Dora the Explorer). And now I know a great place to give my gently used children’s books once we have outgrown them.
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Learn more about Champions For Kids SIMPLE Service Projects. Host a Nickelodeon Big Help Book Drive with your own friends and family. I know there are children in your community who could benefit from your efforts. Help Champions For Kids reach their goal of helping 20 MILLION children by 2020.
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See photos from our entire #NickCFK Dora the Gymnast Walmart shopping trip in my Google Plus photo album.