Help a child have a Storybook Holiday
Published: Sunday, December 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 30, 2002 at 11:52 p.m.
How you can help
No time to shop but still want to contribute? We will buy a book in your name. Please make your check or money order payable to The Gainesville Sun and send it to "A Storybook Holiday," The Gainesville Sun, P.O. Box 147147, Gainesville, FL 32614-7147.
But many children in our community are growing up in a home without books to read.
Over the next several weeks, North Central Florida residents will have a chance to do something about this.
The Storybook Holiday project, now in its 14th year, collects books for Alachua County's needy children from ages 4 to 7.
The Gainesville Sun is sponsoring the project by publishing articles and promotional ads, and collecting books and money to buy books.
The School Board of Alachua County and Meridian Behavioral Health Care identify the children and distribute the books.
Books will be distributed in December to underprivileged children in Alachua County.
Last year, the people of this community contributed more than 1,167 books to the project and to the children of our community. This year, the goal is to collect and distribute at least 1,500 books.
With your generous contributions, we will reach our goal by the December 12 deadline.
Developing strong reading skills at a young age opens a boundless world of discovery and curiosity that enriches a child's life like no other activity can. And book ownership encourages reading, which results in better academic performance in school.
Here's what you can do to help: Purchase a new book appropriate for a child 4 to 7 years old; leave the book at a participating bookstore, drop it off at The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., or mail it to: A Storybook Holiday, P.O. Box 147147, Gainesville, FL 32614-7147.
If you purchase a book at one of the participating bookstores, you'll receive 20 percent off the list price when you show the accompanying coupon. The store will keep the book for us to pick up. Leave the coupon with the store sales staff, and you will be acknowledged for your gift.
If you have questions, please call Nickie Kortus at The Gainesville Sun, (352) 374-5060.
Participating bookstores include:
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