Schools and Students Giving BackIs your school looking for ways to give back in the community or engage your students in the spirit of giving back? If you answered yes, you have come to the right place! Now your school can get involved with Reach Out and Read Kansas City and impact the life of child in need by participating in any or all of the following opportunities:
During a book fair or at an upcoming school event, ask students to clean off their book shelves at home and donate their new or gently used books to Reach Out and Read Kansas City. Books are needed for ages birth - 6 years.
Participate in the Annual Hooked on Books Challenge! This friendly competition challenges elementary schools to collect the most new and gently used children's books per student. All books collected are donated to ROR-KC and other local non profits. The winning school not only receives bragging rights, but also receives a $500 Scholastic credit, an assembly to celebrate their accomplishments, and recognition at ROR-KC's annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast.
Getting your school and students involved is easy and fun! Please notify Reach Out and Read Kansas City of your partnership selections by completing the online form or calling 913-588-0295.
Testimonials from current school partners:
- Brian Lowe, Principal, Meadow Lane Elementary, Olathe School District
"ROR-KC provided my first grade students with many wonderful experiences. First, we held our book drive during the month of November, so they were able to share what they were thankful for and to give to those in need. Second, we collected books with our Sixth Grade Buddies, so this allowed for some great bonding time between the grade levels! And last, but certainly not least, my students learned the valuable lesson of how it is better to give than to receive. We plan on making this November book drive an annual tradition! Thank you, ROR-KC!"
- Lindsay Meyer, 1st Grade Teacher, Prairie Elementary, Shawnee Mission School District
"Clear Creek truly enjoys supporting the efforts of ROR-KC for many reasons! Reading is so important to our school community that our students simply cannot imagine other children not getting to enjoy the adventures that books take them on daily. They feel a great sense of pride and responsibility knowing that their favorite books are being passed on to other children to delight in. And not only do our families feel accomplished as they spread the love of reading, supporting others in need is a great learning experience for all. My students beg for the Hooked on Books competition! Not only do they want to clean off their bookshelves to make room more for new books, they want to help the Kansas City community and ignite a passion for reading and books in others!"
- Dandra Arter, Library Media Specialist, Clear Creek Elementary, Desoto School District
Thank you for helping instill the love of books and reading in Kansas City's kids!