“Building readers and leaders.”
K is for Kids’ programs are student-led with kids at both the giving and receiving ends of our mission.
Teen volunteers staff the programs that bring books to kids. They organize events such as the annual Teen Fashion Show which raises books and money to buy books, book drives (e.g. at Barnes and Noble), and literacy awareness events for younger students.
Our ladder for leaders enables students to try out different leadership roles in K is for Kids. There are K is for Kids clubs at 2 high schools this year, with student-led efforts to expand to additional high schools in the next few years. Students have many ways to get involved, including committee chair, student advisory council, representative, spokesperson, and leaders are invited by their fellow students to move up to new challenges each subsequent year in school. Leadership mentors, including teachers and other adult, model leadership qualities without getting in the way of student-run activities. College internships are also available and are tailored to the student’s major or career plans.
The focus of the volunteer leaders’ work is literacy. Our programs build strong readers from toddlers to teens by providing books, encouragement and recognition: Rising Readers with end-of-year Top Reader Awards, Book Nooks for Kids, and Friends of the School Library.
You may read more about each of these individual programs by returning to our homepage and clicking on each drop down menu item.
Here is an overview:
RISING READERS and TOP READER AWARDS
Children of all ages receive new books to take home and keep.
These programs encourage students to read more while recognizing their reading achievements.
Rising Readers was introduced at the start of the school year 2011 with Top Reader Awards gathering steam throughout the year. These exciting initiatives work in partnership with educators, primarily through those in the “business” of books and information resources (media specialists and librarians; and when funding allows, reading coaches, literacy specialists and language arts teachers) to encourage students to read more while recognizing their reading achievements. When students reach their reading goals, or become leaders in their efforts, they are given the chance to choose a new book to take home and keep.
BONUS: Children are proud to show their new books to their family and help bring literacy home to their mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters.
FRIENDS OF THE SCHOOL LIBRARY
ONE BOOK may be read by MANY students over MANY years, creating the best “bang for the book” by maximizing the book-to-reader ratio!
Friends of the School Library: K is for Kids’ roots first took hold when founder Karen Clawson began “raising” more books for students to read in her children’s elementary school library in 2002. Her efforts sparked a grassroots movement when impassioned parents and community members joined in to help. Friends of the School Library helps stock school libraries and when funding provides, teachers’ classroom libraries.
BONUS: “Bang for the Book.” One book may be read by many children over many years when placed into a shared reading environment, maximizing the book-to-reader ratio. Low cost – high rewards!
BONUS: “Trickle down effect.” Books that are not needed in circulation, and/or are no longer needed thanks to the new donations, “trickle down” to teachers’ classroom libraries and/or given directly to students. Kids always win!
BUILDING BOOK NOOKS FOR KIDS
Benefiting children being served by other nonprofit organizations and programs: Giving kids in need books to read wherever they may be in the community!
Building Book Nooks for Kids: Books and bookshelves are donated to other nonprofit organizations that offer shared reading environments for the children they serve. Students continue to reap the same benefits through preschool, after school, and summer programs.
BONUS: Children have increased access to books in and out of school.
Student Leaders, Interns, Spokespersons, and our Teen Advisory Team: “Kids” on the giving end of our mission, making it happen.
K is for Kids’ primary volunteers are high schools students who earn community service hours important for school while boosting their resumes and experience. Students leaders are the energy and inspiration fueling our mission, giving kids in need more books to read! And, now with university students volunteering more and more, we’ve nicknamed our college interns our “executive” business management team as they serve in advisory roles to our teen leaders, who in turn propose, organization and host events and activities to encourage children to read more, while placing more books into their hands.
K is for Kids’ teen spokespersons videotape PSAs (Public Service Announcements) to spread awareness of the need for more books for children to read and to promote their upcoming events. Each year, student leaders propose, plan, and execute the literacy events and activities held during our “Bring a Book, Bring a Friend(r) for Children’s Literacy Month” each February.
Click here to see the teens’ signature event: the Teen Fashion Show! http://youtu.be/_-yl-cuZP3s
BONUS: Students get the opportunity to try out new interests, learn new skills, develop talents, and more, while learning what a positive impact they can have on their community and having fun with friends!
You can make a difference.
Help us build readers and leaders.
Please join our circle of support today by volunteering, donating a book for a child in need, or making a monetary contribution to our Foundation
To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 239.596.KIDS (5437).
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