We’ve been thinking about gratitude and giving back to the community this month in the Newton house. See my post from last week on Giving Thanks and Practicing Kindness with Preschoolers for some great inspiration.
In this same spirit of kindness and being thankful (for our families, for our resources, for our school), Cathedral Park Preschool is joining the 2nd annual Children’s Book Harvest, a book drive for the Children’s Book Bank.
How Can You Get Involved?
A book basket will be set up and put out in the pick-up/drop-off area at school. Please bring your gently loved OR new books that fit the following categories:
- Baby books
- Board books
- Spanish books
- Rhyming books
- Story books
- Alphabet and number books
- Shape books
- Animal books
- Picture books
- Chapter books
- Nonfiction books
Our Goal & Timeline
Our starting goal (as recommended by the Children’s Book Bank based on our school size) is at least 55 books by the night of our rescheduled Parent Meeting on Thursday, December 4!
The Children’s Book Harvest is part of Portland Public School’s Read Together initiative, which seeks to ensure that ALL students are reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. To help every child succeed, The Children’s Book Bank has partnered with Portland Public Schools and Portland Council PTA to ask the community to donate 30,000 new or gently-used children’s books this fall. The books will be cleaned, sorted, and delivered to low-income children throughout the Portland area.
Book Drive Thanksgiving?
I don’t know about all of you, but I like to clean out the bookshelves and the toy boxes at this time of year as a way of talking about giving back when we have extra AND as a way of making room for the new books the children will be so lucky to receive for the holidays.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. And think about sharing this with your family and friends. A book drive themed Thanksgiving could be a nice twist on tradition:)