Florida Weekly – February 26, 2015
First Book–Collier County celebrates the birthday of beloved children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel (best known as Dr. Seuss) and invites the public to do the same while supporting youth literacy through its annual “Stay at Home and Read” event on Monday, March 2.
Collier County affectionately refers to “Stay at Home and Read” as a “non-event” since the idea is for participants to remain at home and read to the youngsters in their lives as a way of promoting the organization’s mission of fostering and encouraging reading. In addition, the organization will distribute 7,000 copies of the most popular Dr. Seuss books — including “Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Fox in Socks” and “Oh, Can You Say” — to pre-K Head Start classes as well as kindergarten, first- and second-grade students in Title 1 schools across Collier County.“First Book—Collier County has a single, powerful mission,” says Nora Kolmer, chair of development and a board member for First Book–Collier County. “Our mission is to provide new books to children in need, which addresses one of the most important factors affecting literacy: access to books.”Books are distributed on a monthly basis for children to take home and keep. In the past nine years, First Book– Collier County has distributed more than 500,000 new books to disadvantaged children.Donations to “Stay at Home and Read” are 100 percent tax deductible, and 90 cents of every dollar goes toward purchasing books. A donation of $500 provides books for an entire classroom of children for one year, while a $50 donation provides one book for every child in the classroom.For more information and to donate securely online, visit firstbookcolliercounty.org.Held in connection with nationwide literacy organizations as part of Read Across America Day, “Stay at Home and Read” invites donors to give to the cause at various Dr. Seuss-themed levels.First Book–