One third of fourth graders read below a basic level. This number is significantly higher in minority groups, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Denverites can fight for childhood literacy by donating new or gently used books for third graders and younger to Colorado Reads – The Early Literacy Initiative book drive. The drive is collecting books now through January 17 at a variety of local locations.
The AmeriCorps Community Building Partnership for Youth in Transition (CBPYT), a program based at Denver Human Services, is one of several AmeriCorps Colorado programs seeking 25,000 new and gently used book donations for children in third grade and younger.
“Books are a valuable resource that allows people to use their imagination to access the world around them,” said Nelson Hardin, AmeriCorps CBPYT Member, “This drive will directly impact the youth that we serve all across Colorado. We still need thousands of book donations to reach our goal, especially books that are written for Spanish-speaking children.”
The book drive coincides with AmeriCorps CBPYTs Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. All donated books will be sorted on Martin Luther King Day and distributed to organizations impacted by the recent Colorado floods and nonprofits that help at-risk youth.
AmeriCorps CBPYT has partnered with the following organizations where donors can drop off new and gently used books:
- Denver Human Services Castro Building (1200 Federal Blvd, Denver)
- Webb Building (201 W Colfax Ave., Denver)
- Stella’s Coffee (1476 S Pearl St., Denver)
- Alfalfas (1651 Broadway St., Boulder)
- Golden Public Library (1019 10th St., Golden)
- Boulder Public Library (1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder)
- Teens INC (151 E 1st St., Nederland)
For a complete list of drop off locations, visit www.cbpytamericorps.org.