Thanks to our community, United Way of Broome County was able to collect over 500 books for children kindergarten – fifth grade for the 2017 Day of Action Book Drive. The books along with a United Way track bag will be distributed to kids in summer programs across Broome County, including Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton, Boys & Girls Club of Western Broome, the Wilson Children’s Center in Deposit and Opportunities for Broome/Head-Start.
Research shows, during the summer months, children can lose up to three months of valuable learning time which can have a long-term, negative effect on a developing child. United Way of Broome County looks to promote summer reading to ensure children do not fall behind in their academic advancement due to the summer holiday. As part of our community priorities ensuring youth are prepared to live, learn, work and contribute, it’s important to see as a community, we all have a stake in making sure that today’s children grow up to be productive citizens who give back to the community.
Alongside our donation drop locations, the Book Fair was held at Barnes & Noble on June 17th, was a great success. Not only were we able to collect 80 books donated by Barnes & Noble customers, but a percentage of sales made during the Book Fair, totaling $474.14, went directly back to our United Way Book Drive Campaign, in which we used to purchase additional books.
The Book Fair included a craft table, entertainment from a local musician, John Harrington, as well as appearances by local authors, Marcus Mohalland and Jan Lewis. Also supported of the Day of Action Book Drive included the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Rowdy, who made a special appearance alongside Rumble Ponies Players, Patrick Biondi and Kevin Taylor.
Children can earn a free book from Barnes & Noble by following these instructions: https://dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/pdf/2017/summer-reading/summerreading_tearpad_eng.pdf?x=y