Books for Collier Kids is the new name of First Book-Collier County, the nonprofit organization entering its second decade of providing brand new books throughout the school year to more than 7,000 children in pre-K, kindergarten, first and second grades in Collier County schools.
“We are changing our name to more accurately and powerfully communicate what we do: give a steady supply of wonderful books to Collier County children,” explains Joanne Wyss, chair of the organization. “Nothing else is changing. We will continue to provide books to children in need and work closely with teachers, administrators and other nonprofits in our community,” she adds.
Books for Collier Kids provides more than 75,000 books each year, including a summer program for select nonprofits serving disadvantaged children. The organization partners with more than a dozen area nonprofits to put books into the hands of needy children.
Books for Collier Kids continues to obtain books from the First Book National Marketplace at deep discounts. This buying power stretches donor funds and grant awards, enabling the organization to provide first-quality books for as much as 90 percent off retail price.
Books for Collier Kids has a field-ofinterest fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County.
In addition to Ms. Wyss, board members serving the organization are: Donna Eskra, Dottie Gerrity, Jinny Johnson, Ray Kalich, Nora Kolmer, Sandy Parker, Mary Polizzotto, Terry Rayburn, Emily Watt and Sallie Williams.
For more information, including details about how to get involved or how to make a donation, visit booksforcollierkids.org.