I just read that 40 percent of the food we produce in the U.S. never gets eaten. Sadly, the majority of the 38 million tons of food waste goes into landfills. And tens of millions of Americans regularly suffer from hunger!
I suspect the same thing happens to perfectly good children's books. Families don't know what to do with them, or forget about them, when their kids outgrow them. They sit on shelves or in plastic tubs for decades and grow yellow, and then get thrown away or recycled. Yet millions of kids in America have no books to call their own.
BookSmiles, aided by Cub Scout Pack 120- Lindenwold New Jersey, is doing something about this. Check out the beautiful collection bin they painted along with their book donation.
Explore our website to learn how you can help save books from landfills and "feed" them to boys and girls who have few, to none, at home.
Last Friday, dozens of teachers working with BookSmiles distributed 12,000 books to 5,050 students in 13 schools reaching 5 districts. We teachers have mighty power when we band together to promote literacy outside of our schools, enabling our students to build robust home libraries.
The ball started to roll when Gina StMaur Foody initiated a book drive at Kingsway Regional middle school, yielding over 4,000 books. Renee Seabrook Hart, a teacher in Glassboro, arranged to have the books transported to her district, and from there she distributed to Clayton. Students in Vineland gathered thousands of books and BookSmiles, with the help of Jane Kreisworth Arochas, provided the rest!
Here are the receiving schools:
Glassboro High School
Thomas E. Bowe Elementary -Glassboro.
Rogers Elementary - Glassboro
Lindenwold School #4
Wallace Middle School - Vineland
Sabater Elementary - Vineland
Mennies Elementary - Vineland
Little Lambs PreSchool - Vineland
Mastery Molina - Camden
Cooper's Poynt Elementary - Camden
Katz Dalsey Academy Camden