Thanks to your support during the Give Where You Live Collier 2021 Campaign, Books for Collier Kids (formerly First Book-Collier County) will continue to put a steady stream of new books into the hands of children living in poverty in our community–books for them to read and own. Books in the home are vital to a child’s ability to read and learn.
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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