By Shara Clark, APR
Remember going to your bookshelf at home as a child and finding your favorite story? Maybe it was a book that allowed you to immerse yourself in a magical world where you could be anything you wanted to be. Maybe it was a story that made you laugh. One that made you cry? One that gripped you with so much excitement that you couldn’t put it down, and you’d hide under your covers with a flashlight?
What about kids who don’t have that opportunity? Some children in our region have never had a book of their own. With 400,000 people in the Greater Cincinnati facing challenges with literacy, there are lots of empty bookshelves and kids with no bedtime stories.
Instilling a love of reading and books in young children can make a significant difference, and you can help! This October Cincinnati PRSA is hosting a book drive to get books in the hands of at-risk kids. We’ll be collecting new and gently-used children’s books that will go to Adopt a Book, a local charity that distributes books to kids in need.
How can you help?
1. Bring books to Media Day on October 17. You’ll get a raffle entry for each book you bring!
2. Can’t attend Media Day but want an excuse to clean out your kids’ bookshelf or stroll through your favorite local bookstore? Host a book drive at your office! If you collect at least 20 books, contact Shara Clark, our community services director, and we’ll find a time to come pick them up!
3. How about a little friendly competition? Do you think your agency or communication team has the biggest love of reading? For the team that collects the most books, you’ll get breakfast, bragging rights and a blog post! (You can bring them to Media Day or contact Shara for a pickup!)
Let’s #StuffTheShelf for local kids!