I am very excited to hold this Book Drive in honor of the families of my hometown. I grew up in this small, farming community where a helpful hand is always nearby and the community pulls together during times of need. Despite living far from Mendota today, the families and people of this town are never far from my heart.
So what’s the story? The bad news is our nation is in a literacy crisis. 100% of Kindergarteners report wanting to read for fun. By 4th grade that percentage drops to 54%. Any by high school that number is at a staggering 19%. The good news is there are simple things we can do to help. Book ownership matters! A 20-year global study revealed that children who had 500+ books in their home completed an average 3.2 more years of education AND made on average an extra $21,145 more per year.
Today I am partnering with the Graves-Humes Public library in my hometown to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading at a young age in OUR youth. I do not want to see our children fall to these statistics.
Please join me and the Graves-Humes Public Library in supporting the families of Mendota, Illinois through the chamber’s event “Mendota Christmas”, it is our hope that each child attending this event will go home with a free book! Each $25 donation will provide 2-3 children with a new book, a simple way to give back to these little ones and ensure they have a new book in time for the holidays.
Over the next 48 hours, our goal together is to raise $3,300. Combined with 50% donation matching from Usborne Books & More, we'll be able to provide the city of Mendota with almost $5000 in books for the children. With just 132 donations of $25 we can reach our goal! I hope you'll have the opportunity to partner with us in making a difference for these amazing children. Thank you so much for considering this fundraiser.
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