2003-03-15 / Community

Book Drive Offered By Starbucks

The public is invited to donate new and gently used books for Long Island kids at any of the Starbucks retail locations on Long Island during the All Books for Children Book Drive. This is a program created by Starbucks that is geared towards giving kids the necessary tools they need to read and succeed.

Customers can drop off new and gently used books to their neighborhood Starbucks from March 19 through April 22. The books can be for age groups pre-K through high school.

Even Start, an organization that provides a national voice and vision for Even Start Family Literacy programs will benefit from the books. The purpose of the Even Start Literacy Program is to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving educational opportunities for families.

This is accomplished by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy and adult basic education, and parenting education into a unified literacy program. Even Start is implemented nationally through cooperative projects that build on existing community resources, creating a new range of services for children, families and adults.

The goal for 2003 is to collect 13,500 books in Long Island and 385,000 nationwide.

The program is in its sixth year of raising literacy awareness. Since the program began, over 1.5 million books have been distributed to kids through local schools and literacy organizations across North America.

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