Book Drive Sets Out to Acquire New Adventures

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Julie Olsen seeks gently used children’s books.
Julie Olsen seeks gently used children’s books.

The school district’s readiness program helps preschool children discover the world of reading by collecting gently used book donations for the fifth annual Bee A Luv Book Drive, Feb. 1-14.

Every book collected is cleaned, repaired and then distributed to Orange County families. High school students are volunteering to help clean books, which can be dropped off at the School Readiness Office, above the community pool, and at both elementary schools. Last year, more than 1,000 books were collected and distributed.

“As their child’s first teacher, parents play a critical early role by instilling not only reading skills but the ability for their child to possess a lifelong love of learning and reading,” program facilitator Julie Olsen said in a statement.

“Parents and care givers play such a critical role with infants and toddlers,” said Director of Special Education and Student Services Irene White in a statement. “Having children attend to pictures including touching and mouthing books, holding and carrying books, turning pages with help, pointing to and naming objects, handling writing materials and scribbling help to build a foundation for literacy development.”

For more information about the Bee A Luv Book Drive or other School Readiness programs, contact Ms. Olsen at [email protected]

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