July 29, 2013
BookEnds is an amazing non-profit that recycles gently used children’s books to reach students that need them most, AND teaches our youth the power and reward of community service! California ranks last nationally in access to libraries and 49th in books per student. Within that daunting statistic, however, BookEnds recognizes that some children have large home libraries and access to lots of books, while many other children have no books at home, and no effectively functioning school library. Lack of quality reading books significantly hinders students’ ability to learn to read and succeed in school. BookEnds’ premise is so simple: The books kids need already exist, and we just need to recycle gently used children’s books that have been outgrown and pay them forward to kids who need them. BookEnds teaches students to be effective leaders in running book drives, sorting the books according to age level and even delivering the collected books to recipient students to see the impact of helping others. In the process, they learn so much about the importance of reading, the impact they can make to improve our community, and even environmental awareness by keeping valuable books out of our landfills!
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