K is for Kids mission is building readers and leaders. We have kids on both the giving and receiving ends of our mission.
During our 5th “fun’raising season”, students in 46 schools and organizations benefited from our student-led literacy and leadership programs in the first five months of 2013!
On the receiving end of our mission: Students in 30 schools and organizations were given new books. On the giving end of our mission, students came from 16 schools, primarily in Collier County, but including three in Lee.
To see the complete list, email your request to email@example.com or call 239.596.KIDS.
K is for Kids also expanded its Rising Readers program to include special awards recognition and activities. Check out our home page and testimonials for all the exciting news!
Many thanks to Naples Mayor John Sorrey III, above, and FGCU Dunk City’s Eric McKnight, below, for helping us recognize some of the top readers in Collier County.
Many thanks to all our high school and college student leaders and volunteers for helping K is for Kids create a circle of readers.
During our fourth “fun’raising season” K is for Kids Foundation gave books to students in 25 schools and nonprofit organizations, while student on the giving end came from 11 schools and organizations!
This was another school year where our students greatly expanded their community outreach!
To all our friends, supporters, and sponsors who made this happen, thank you!
R I S I N G R E A D E R S
Our newest literacy program has enjoyed great success since it was introduced at the start of the 2011-12 school year and our grant recipients have given reports of significant increases in the number of books students are checking out from their school libraries. Rising Readers is helping children bring literacy home to their families as they begin to build their own book nooks at home.
Rising Readers places books directly into students’ hands. This initiative was created to support the efforts and reading incentive programs offered by media specialists, reading coaches, and educational directors within schools and nonprofit organizations to encourage students to read more and to recognize their reading achievements.
The program is flexible and is being utilized in a variety of ways, from encouraging an entire student body to read specified book lists like Reading Counts to small student organized book clubs to top reader awards.
It all began at Golden Terrace Elementary-Intermediate with a pep rally by media specialist TJ Weeks (shown above) sponsored by K is for Kids. TJ encouraged students to take a pledge to read one book by a specified date and complete its corresponding quiz afterwards. Each student who took the pledge was given the opportunity to choose a new book from Rising Readers to take home and keep. Students continue to receive new books from Rising Readers as they conquer more challenges set by Weeks. Dhe has reported that the number of books being checked out by students has increased dramatically as well as the number of students participating in the reading programs.
Schools: East Naples Middle School, Everglades City, Golden GateElementary – Primary & Intermediate, Golden Gate Middle, Golden Gate High, Golden Terrace Elementary – Primary & Intermediate, Gulf Coast High School (book club), Highlands Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Shadowlawn Elementary, Village Oaks Elementary
Nonprofits: Collier County Housing Authority Land, Immokalee Child Care Center, Immokalee Farm Worker Village
F r i e n d s o f t h e S c h o o l L i b r a r y
Our very first book donation program to enrich school libraries dates back to 2002 when founder Karen D. Clawson began raising more books for children to read through their school library at Laurel Oak Elementary School.
When parents learned of Clawson’s efforts, they asked how they could pitch in, so the next year, Clawson launched the first of what was to become a yearly book drive called the “Bring a Book, Bring a Friend®” Fun’raiser. With the support of the school’s community of families, staff, neighbors and business partners, thousands of books were raised for the students over the next four years.
As media specialist Marcia Kolmann noted in 2003 on the Fun’raisers invitation, “We have a wonderful challenge keeping up with our enthusiastic readers.” — Marcia Kolmann, Media Specialist, Laurel Oak Elementary School
Note: The Bring a Book, Bring a Friend Fun’raiser eventually grew into a full literacy month and the annual fun’raiser has extended into multiple fun’raising opportunities to teach children about the excitement of reading and the power of words. K is for Kids sponsors a wide array of literacy events for children all hosted and organized by our very own Teen Advisory Team!
Schools: Golden Gate Elementary – Primary & Intermediate, Golden Terrace Elementary – Primary & Intermediate, Immokalee High, Lake Trafford Elementary, Lely Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Pinecrest Elementary, and Village Oaks Elementary.
B u i l d i n g B o o k N o o k s f o r K i d s
Our third book donation program for nonprofit organizations that offer shared reading environments for children, whether it be a library, teachers’ classroom libraries, or other book nooks.
AMIKids – Big Cypress, AMIKids-Ft. Myers, Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, Collier County Housing Authority Land, Immokalee Child Care Center, Immokalee Farm Workers Village
“I wanted to tell you how impressed I was with the teenagers who were volunteering at your “Kids Celebrate Reading!” Book Fair at Barnes & Noble – there were so polite and patient with the children while they were having their face painted and writing stories. They were an interesting group to speak with and everything. They just seemed to be really focused on their purpose for being there. What a great job they did!
The staff in the store were very polite and reception to our presence in the store and very accommodating.
I was so pleased my daughters were able to get their photo taken for your young authors books and that my oldest daughter got a chance to write a story.”
Elizabeth Stone, March 2010
Robert Dean Blair
Guest Author at Bring a Book, Bring a Friend® Fun’raiser benefiting the Village School, Spring 2006
It was so nice seeing you and being exposed to the passion that you have for children’s need for books. So many give lip service, but you are actually contributing to children that you will never know. God bless.
Looking forward to your big event in September, I’ll help in anyway possible.
Mary L. Bryan
Hip! Hip! Hooray! We’re off to wonderful reading places
In our hearts K for Kids Foundation will stay!
We love our books and treat them nice
Books that give us information and sizzle with spice.
Our thanks we send and warm wishes too
For all the folks who made our dreams come true!
Lots of books!
ML Bryan and the GGE kids in grades 3, 4, 5
I couldn’t resist writing a poem in the spirit of Dr. Seuss! We
treasure our new books and our excitement grows more and more each day.
Mary L. Bryan
Mary Will Gross on Facebook
“I am excited for you. I know it will be a great success for you this weekend….
You are a wonderful woman to work so smart to help the kids.
I am impressed with your skills to help in public education for all. Blessings, Mary Gros”
Comment on news item
My daughter and I participated in your wonderful event last year at Barnes and Noble and are interested in the book she had written a page. This was great fun for all!!! I was so thrilled to donate all our books that we have outgrown to such a wonderful organization. When will the “Young Authors Book” be available?
Liza Buffington Smith
Immokolee Housing & Family
Hello Mrs. Clawson,
Thank you SO MUCH for the books. The children are very excited. Please let me know what I can do for you as we continue our new friendship.
Fun Time Academy
I too saw these online. What darling photos. Thanks so much for taking care of our children. They do love their books. Your teens were patient and nurturing to the children. A great time for all alike and books to last forever.
You are dear!
Lake Trafford Elem., Immokalee