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Hey You! Are You Ready To Go Back To School?

It is hard to believe that it is that time of year again. Registration is complete. Supplies and lunch boxes have been purchased. Some children are excited, others are scared. Moms and Dads are happy to get the kids out of the house and into a routine. Friday nights at the lake will turn into Friday… Continue reading Hey You! Are You Ready To Go Back To School?

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We Must Be Present In Schools

We must be present in schools. We must be present in schools. We must be present in schools. Say it to yourself over and over again. Write it on the blackboard 100 times like school punishments of old. We must engrave it in our brains and etch it in our hearts. We, as a community, must be present in our… Continue reading We Must Be Present In Schools

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Day 11: Take Time To Read

We love going into schools and spending time with students. It is an easy way to connect with and positively impact young people. That investment of time, no matter how big or small, may be the best investment you ever make. Today we had the opportunity to visit a kindergarten class at Adams Elementary. It was a great… Continue reading Day 11: Take Time To Read

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Day 8: Book Donation

"Learn to love to read." It is a message we have delivered to hundreds of students over the last few years. Whether its volunteering to read in a classroom or speaking to an entire assembly of students, we are advocates for reading and reading programs. In order to improve literacy rates in schools, kids need… Continue reading Day 8: Book Donation

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A Little Free Library

Thirteen new libraries have popped up around our city over the last six months.  These libraries are making books available in the neighborhoods where children live and go to school.  Areas of our city that need books to help improve the literacy rates of children in need.   These libraries are not large brick buildings… Continue reading A Little Free Library

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Day 20: Book Donation

Today, we gave the gift of reading.  We donated some books to local organizations that get books in the hands of kids.  We donated 20 copies of our new book LINNIE MAE'S NEW FRIENDS to Kate's Kart.  The book will be added to the carts in the local hospitals and will be available for sick… Continue reading Day 20: Book Donation

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High-Fives, Hugs, and a Great Story

I exited the building and walked towards my car.  My right hand red and throbbing from the day's repeated blunt-force trauma.  My head pounded from the loud noise, the constant chatter, and the overall chaos.  My heart raced a mile-a-minute from the exhilaration and the excitement.  The corners of my mouth were sore from one… Continue reading High-Fives, Hugs, and a Great Story

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Kickball and Reading Books Break Down Barriers

When you pull into the Autumn Woods apartment complex, you feel as if you have entered a different country.  That country, in fact, is Myanmar (formerly called Burma).  Men and women are walking about in traditional Burmese dress.  Children are running around in bare feet while wearing clothes that are clearly hand-me-downs.  The complex dumpsters… Continue reading Kickball and Reading Books Break Down Barriers

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Day 20: Book Donation

As a community, we must get books into the hands of children.  Especially children who live in poverty.  Children in families that live below the poverty line are less likely to read at home and less likely to be read to by an adult.  Limited resources keep these families from building a library of book… Continue reading Day 20: Book Donation

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Day 18: Take Time To Read

Making an investment in children is one of the best investment's you can make.  The payoff, for you as an individual, is great regardless of the size of the investment. Today, we made a small investment in a group of children at Adams Elementary.  I visited Mrs. Craig's class this afternoon to read them a… Continue reading Day 18: Take Time To Read