OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – The importance of reading for children was underscored last week when Olmsted Falls-based KidsFirst Learning Centers dedicated a collection box located at City Hall for residents to do donation of lightly used children’s books.
“In January, we partnered with the Cleveland-based nonprofit Kids’ Book Bank,” said Willis B. Boyer, owner of KidsFirst Learning Centers. “We believe in nurturing, early education, and exposing children to books early. So when we met with this organization, we said, “That’s perfect. » »
A regional provider of early childhood education, KidsFirst Learning Centers contribute cash and also collect books at their three Cleveland-area locations to donate to the Kids’ Book Bank.
“Research from the Children’s Book Bank shows that about two-thirds of all low-income inner-city families have no books at home,” Boyer said. “This organization is remarkable and its efforts have been extremely successful.
Founded in 2015, Kids’ Book Bank’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty by exposing disadvantaged children to language and reading from birth, fostering literacy skills, opening minds to the world beyond of their neighborhoods and fueling their imagination.
“Underprivileged children who receive the books benefit, but there is also a great service-learning opportunity here for the students and volunteers who participate,” said Judy Payne, co-founder and executive director of the Cleveland Kids’ Book. Bank, in a press release. “It’s a win-win.”
Books collected in Olmsted Falls will be distributed from the Children’s Book Bank to children and families at recreation centers and through tutors, churches, libraries and pantries.
Additionally, through WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), mothers of 18,000 children ages 5 and under receive books, as well as 60,000 public and private school students in Northeast Ohio of the kindergarten to 8th grade.
Olmsted Falls Mayor James Graven encourages residents to donate books to help underprivileged children in the Greater Cleveland area.
“Reading is a life skill,” Graven said. “Teaching young children to read helps them develop their language skills and reading comprehension. Reading is the most important activity because it allows children to learn and discover new information.
“Children who can read can learn about any discipline that interests them.”
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