Books for Collier Kids Grant Benefits Tommie Barfield Students
Books for Collier Kids (BCK), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a steady stream of new books to children in low-income families throughout Collier County, was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Marco Island Fund of the Collier Community Foundation to provide new books for students at Marco’s Tommie Barfield … Continue reading →
Books for Collier Kids help to battle the “Summer Slide”
Books for Collier Kids continues its book distribution during summer break to offset the loss of literacy skills known as “summer slide.” Without access to a steady stream of books throughout the summer, low-income children return to fall classes with reading scores 30% lower than those with steady access to … Continue reading →
Books for Collier Kids gives a steady supply of new books to disadvantaged young children in Collier County so that they can learn to read–and then read to learn. Reading ability correlates strongly with the number of books in the home. Three out of five children in the Collier County Public Schools come from households designated as economically needy, where few if any books are to be found.
We now provide more than 100,000 books each year to over 8,000 children in over 375 classrooms along with working collaboratively with 20+ local agencies to get even more books into the hands of children in need.
Books for Collier Kids is an all-volunteer organization (no staff, payroll, office expense or rent–more than 90% of donations buys books for kids!), and we have tremendous buying power! Through First Book Marketplace, we buy high quality, new books that retail for $10, $15 and $20 for about $2.00 per book!
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