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February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

A wonderful place for teachers throughout Philadelphia to get much needed books and teaching materials for free. Whenever we drop off our elementary school's book collection, the place is buzzing with teachers getting books!

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I've seen how desperately needed books are given to teachers and classrooms

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it even bigger

February 18, 2011

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February 18, 2011

Each year, the students at Lynnewood Elementary School in Havertown, PA, donate 2000+ books to a week-long book drive to benefit Philadelphia Reads. The children at Lynnewood have access to classroom libraries, a school library and a township library. They are aware that they are helping to build classroom libraries and improve literacy skills. Equally important, the children get to see how their many simple acts of generosity can help so many children in need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By delivering books to the Philadelphia Reads book bank and speaking with its coordinators/volunteers, I have seen this operation first hand. The volunteers work very hard to organize and categorize books so that school teachers can easily choose books which will be appropriate for their students.

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I would not change anything but I would do my best to help others learn about Philadelphia Reads and their mission.

December 24, 2009

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December 24, 2009

For the past three years, Lynnewood Elementary school has run a book drive to support the Book Bank at Philadelphia Reads. This is a simple service project. The fortunate children at Lynnewood unload their home bookcases (to make room for new books) and donate their gently used children's books to the book bank. They understand that the book bank helps to create classroom libraries in lower income schools. At the end of the week, the students pack the books in boxes and parent volunteers deliver about 700 beautiful books to the Book Bank at Martin Luther King High School. The staff at the book bank is very interested, organized and helpful. We will try to get all the local elementary schools in Havertown to participate in this project next year!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have seen how a few dedicated volunteers at a book bank can make a huge difference in the lives of less fortunate children. The volunteers were easy to reach and very accomodating.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help Philadelphia have many more children reading at and above grade level. Helping children learn to read and enjoy reading can change their world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Sort and shelve children's books at our Book Bank.
Read a children's book aloud onto tape for our books-on-tape program that helps teach children to read.
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