United Way of Walla Walla, in partnership with Book and Game and Earthlight Books, is hosting a city-wide children’s book drive to aid in the effort to curb the summer reading gap often seen in children from low-income families. Books will be distributed through Helpline, Children’s Home Society, and other local Walla Walla area nonprofit organizations. The book drive kicked off on Saturday, June 30th and will run through the month of July.
Summer reading gap is a phenomenon that occurs when childrenlose some of the reading skills gained during the school year, putting them behind their peers in terms of reading level. The best indication of summer loss or summer gain in reading skills is whether or not a child reads during the summer, and the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she owns books.
Anyone who would like to help can drop off gently used children’s books, or purchase new ones at Book and Game and Earthlight books. Donors will receive a 10% discount on books purchased to donate. Books can also be dropped off at the Walla Walla Public Library and the Chamber of Commerce building, located at 29 E. Sumach.
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