by Melissa Brunner
Growing up, reading was among my favorite things to do. I was always hoping to receive Nancy Drew or Trixie Beldon books for birthdays or Christmas; I would save any pennies I earned to place my own orders during those Scholastic book drives; and I relished the weekly block of time we could spend in our little school library. Even before those days, we had a steady stream of Little Golden Books stacked up in our playroom.
Books fueled my imagination and allowed me to experience worlds far beyond my rural Wisconsin childhood.
Given that, it's hard to imagine any child not having access to books. Sadly, it is all too common. Families may find the few dollars it takes to either purchase a book or get the transportation to the library to borrow a book beyond their means. Even considering today's digital world, not everyone has home internet service or devices via which to download those great words and pictures.
The United Way's Young Leaders Society aims to fill this gap. The group launched its Junior Leader Readers Program three years ago. Its goal it to put a book into the hands of every kindergarten student in Shawnee County. Since its inception, they have delivered 12,297 books, all purchased through the generosity of donors.
That is where you come in. The Young Leaders Society is in the midst of a Virtual Book Drive. Through Wednesday, they invite people to join their mission. It doesn't take much. A donation of just $10 will provide books for four students. If you can give $50, you will sponsor books for an entire kindergarten class.
Giving is easy - simply click this linkg - supporters.firstbook.org - to visit the Young Leaders Society's page and hit the "make a donation" button.
Reading is the foundation upon which a lifetime of learning is built. If a child cannot read, their odds for future success are severely limited. Wouldn't it be great if your donation for something as simple as a book could fuel the next generation of scientists, teachers, artists, or even news anchors?