Childhood literacy is vital to academic success. Unfortunately, many children do not have access to books at home. Research shows that about 61% of low income families have no books in their homes for their children. When these children arrive at school, they can struggle with school work and can fall behind.
The Goddard Schools wanted to help give children a better start with reading by collecting books for Bernie's Book Bank. Bernie's Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children's books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
The Goddard Schools raise 45,000 books for the Bernie's Book Bank. This number was nearly double the original goal.
According to David Raye, owner of The Goddard School located in Third Lake, IL “at The Goddard School, we believe that reading is an important foundation for the future academic success for every single child. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to provide a wide variety of children’s books to inspire the love of reading for children. We also know that there are many children in the Chicagoland area that simply do now have access to books which then led us to partner with Bernie’s Book Bank to raise 45,000 children’s books as well as donate $10,000 towards future expansion to truly make a difference for our city’s youth.”
Founder and Executive Director of Bernie’s Book Bank, Brian Floriani, says “it is relationships like the one we have established with the Goddard Schools in Chicagoland that will sustain and grow Bernie’s Book Bank’s ability to significantly increase book ownership among Chicagoland at-risk children for many years to come. We are so grateful for their efforts and highly value our ability to now call them a partner and a friend of Bernie’s Book Bank.”