Student Leaders Help Kick-off 10th Annual Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive Benefiting K is for Kids

Student leaders across Collier County and from FGCU are helping Barnes & Noble kick-off its 10th Annual Holiday Book Drive benefiting K is for Kids.

Barnes & Noble at the Waterside Shops in Naples has launched its 10th Annual Holiday Book Drive benefiting K is for Kids Foundation. Books donated will be distributed to children in need, from toddlers to teens, across Collier County before winter break. L-R: Kit Imgene, Children’s Lead; Laura Berger, a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University, and Emily Smith, a junior at Gulf Coast High School.

Please support Barnes & Noble’s 10th Annual Holiday Book Drive benefiting K is for Kids.

Together we will spread the joy and wealth of reading to children in need.

On Monday, two student leaders and spokespersons representing K is for Kids dropped into the Naples Barnes & Noble to see all the beautiful books being showcased for the store’s 10 Annual Holiday Book Drive benefiting the foundation.

Emily Smith, a junior student at Gulf Coast High School and Laura Berger, a senior student at Florida Gulf Coast University, also took photos to share with their family and friends.

“The book drive offers a variety of children’s books ranging from those for a young child to a teen,” said Emily, “so there is something for every child in need.”

Emily posted an appeal to community members and explained how they could help, “Please help us reach out to kids who need it most, and share in our mission to promote literacy for young readers to create a better life ahead.

To donate, visit Barnes & Noble and select a book at the cash register of your choice. The books will be distributed across Collier County to help make the holidays special for every child.”

Youngsters at Golden Terrace Elementary celebrate reading and show their joy with the new books they got to choose, thanks to K is for Kids and Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Book Drive 2016.

In addition to the Barnes & Noble book drive, student leaders across Collier County will be collecting books from family and friends. New or like new books will be accepted, for any age of child.

“The majority of our books we distribute come from Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Book Drive,” explained K is for Kids’ founder and executive director, Karen Clawson. “We are deeply grateful for the patrons and staff’s impassioned commitment to helping us place books into the hands of children who need them most.This year there is an even more critical need because thousands of books were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. So many children, families and organizations had their books ruined from water damage and mold that grew during the power outages.

It’s a monumental challenge, but I am confident that together we will be able to place new books into the hands of these children so they enjoy reading them over the holidays.”

Young girls above and below are all smiles about the books they selected at Lake Trafford Elementary School, thanks to K is for Kids and Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Book Drive 2016.

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