Collecting books and providing them for students in underserved areas has been a remarkable experience. The kids and other who donate are so supportive. The kids who receive the books, as well as their parents and teachers are most appreciative.
Arriving with boxes of books for a classroom library brings excitement to the teachers as well as the students. There is an instant connection when a teacher picks out a book and talks about his/her relationship to the story. I love the way books reveal themselves to the students. The smile a Cliffford book always brings, my delight in finding Misty of Chincoteque in the hands of a child who loves horses (as I did)-and the conversation that followed, the way the children hold the books against their bodies when they discover they will be able to take them home, share with family, and bring them back to exchange for others. It makes winners out of all involved.
Book Worm Angels collects used children's books and gives them to public schools in Chicago and a few other cities. It's motto is "Kids Who Read Succeed," and that says it all. This program is well received by the schools and the students who are discovering the joy and the benefits of reading books. It is a low budget charity operated by hands-on board members and volunteers.
Book Worm Angels unites two smart ways to help donors with books they no longer want and to foster reading that is fun for kids in underserved neighborhoods: promoting thoughtful recycling and encouraging kids to develop a love of reading. BWA efficiently collects gently used kids books for leisure reading from groups and individauls and distributes them to schools so teachers can establish and maintain lending libraries for their students. It works with more than 2 million received and given in less than a dozen years: Chicago Public Schools reports that schools with BWA lending libraries in youngsters' classrooms have the best reading scores. As a trustee, I find it very rewarding to visit the schools and help teachers leverage this resource.
I love the idea of kids giving to kids with the focus on reading. The response is always a positive one from the schools that I have visited. Often, many of the schools have been recipients of books from BWA in the past, which reflects their satisfaction with the program. The company is well organized and has been very easy for me to particpate as a volunteer.
I hope you will be able to support Book Worm Angels. I have been volunteering with the organization for 5 or 6 years and continually feel great about how I spend my time working for them. As a volunteer I go and visit schools new to the program and schools getting additional visits every year as part of the program. The school leadership and teachers are always happy to see a rep from Book Worm Angels and always appreciative for the many book donation. I am always warmly greeted and thanks. And when they see the books? Well you can only imagine the emotional responses I have receved from the teachers to have these wonderful books so they can provide an active classroom library for their students. This is a quality organization that you can be proud to support. As BWA says, you must Read to Succeed. Please help them continue the mission. Thank you, Linda Cosby
Book Worm Angels is a great, leanly run, non-profit that gets books into the hands of kids at underperforming schools. BWA acts as an in-class lending library so that kids can easily take home books for pleasure reading. BWA coordinates book drives, collection, storage and delivery of the books to the school and is unique in that we return annually to replenish books at member schools.