The other week we were invited to a kickoff party for the Santander Bank and Eagles Youth Partnership Holiday Book Drive to collect books for lower income schools in the Philadelphia area. The theme of this year’s drive is “Books Build Character”.
Here at No Classroom Walls we use books to explore far off lands and favorite creatures, practice reading skills, conduct research for papers, and get lost in imaginary worlds.
Books are an important part of every person’s life, but especially a child’s. From opening new worlds to practicing reading, books help children develop much needed skills in life and push past the smallness of their world. Books have increased my children’s love for learning, helped them dream big, and shown them how to write their own stories. (Make sure you check out my son’s new children’s story below.)
But books can also be cost prohibitive for many families and libraries and schools become the only ways children gain access to the worlds locked between the pages. In lower income areas, story books don’t always make the cut with tight budgets.
One way we can help out is by donating a book. Here’s how you can do this in the Philadelphia area.
- Drop a brand new book off at your local Santander Bank. Here’s a list of locations. Please make sure the bank is accepting donations first.
- They are accepting any books that are age-appropriate for 3-12 year old
- All book donations will be delivered to Philadelphia area schools
- See if your local branch is having any special book drive events or giveaways
What was your favorite book as a child? Leave a comment below and I will choose a winner on 12/12/2015 (via random.org). I will donate a copy of that book in the winner’s name.