Monday, November 21, 2011

Parents: Read to Your Kids

More Data Proves that Reading Pays Off

One of the things Kids in Need - Books in Deed strives to do is get books into the homes of underprivileged kids. Books in the home is a primary indicator for literacy. Read about this new study written up in The New York Times -- and see how crucial it is for children to be read aloud to. The long-term benefits are proven.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

School kids, soccer kids donate books

The past few weeks two separate book drives have been underway. Laura Powell, a teacher at Holy Comforter Episcopal School in Tallahassee, was at the helm again this year, helping to collect books for Kids in Need - Books in Deed. The students and faculty at HCES have been hugely generous over the years, giving thousands of books to this program. They clear out their bookshelves of books they've outgrown and make room for the books they're growing into, all the while passing beloved books onto others. It's not just the sheer quantity of books that come from HCES but also an incredible quality, including classics, bestsellers, and award-winning titles.

At the same time, Tallahassee United Futbol Club ( was running its first book drive. Soccer players of all ages showed up each week with cleats, shin guards, soccer balls ... and bags of books. Kids in Need -- Books in Deed is very thankful to TUFC director, Alex Minton, for his support of kids in our community and for promoting both generosity and literacy.

Books will be donated to the supervised visitation program at Florida State University and shipped out to underprivileged children throughout the state.

Friday, November 4, 2011

800 Books, Author Visit Donated

This week approximately 500 children's books were donated to the supervised visitation program at FSU. A good portion of these books came from Maclay School, an independent school in Tallahassee with a college preparatory curriculum for young people from Pre-School (ages 3 & 4) through 12th grade and a strong dedication to service. Others came from private donations. The books will be shipped all over the state and will be put into the hands of underprivileged children -- of all ages -- who are not currently residing with their parents. This is a wonderful opportunity because the books can be hand-picked and given as gifts to individual children who need them most.

On Nov. 3, the brilliant and ebullient author Laurel Snyder spoke to 300 students at Bonita Springs Elementary, a Title I school in Bonita Springs, FL. Every child got a free copy of one of Laurel's books -- The Maclay School made this visit possible because of their generous donation this spring. Laurel was in the area as a speaker and workshop leader at the Sanibel Island Writers Conference. And so this completely free author visit was the result of a group effort between The Sanibel Island Writers Conference, run by Tom Demarchi; Maclay High School's students' fundraising efforts led by the chair of their English Department, Lee Normant; Bonita Springs Elementary and their principal David Short; of course, Laurel Synder, who donated her time and energy, and Kids in Need - Books in Deed who pulled all of these wonderful, generous people together.