We are collecting books for children ages 0-6, in English & Spanish along with other languages, benefitting children of all backgrounds. Books can be dropped off at your nearest Rick’s location, or shipped directly to the store Attn: Book Drive.
Donate now through September 30th!
What Kind of Books?
Please no used books or books that have a media focus such as Disney or other movie/television theme. Please avoid books with holidays or religious themes.
Why a book drive?
Children living in poverty often enter kindergarten lacking the foundational skills needed for learning to read. Early reading experiences in the home are essential to developing these important skills. But the reality is that in low-income neighborhoods access to books is scarce, meaning statistically there is 1 book for every 300 children, compared to 13 for every 1 in middle income neighborhoods.
What is Community Action?:
Community Action has been working to eliminate the conditions and impacts of poverty in Washington County since 1965. They serve over 27,000 low-income people each year, providing services that help low-income families attain and maintain self-sufficiency. Their Head Start program provides children (infant – 5 years) high quality learning in safe, stable, nurturing environments combined with health screenings, nutrition, and referrals to other agency programs for families.
What is the Children’s Developmental Center?:
Children’s Developmental Center has been serving families in Benton & Franklin Counties for over 40 years and is the leading neuro-developmental center in our region. Their mission is to empower families and improve children’s lives through comprehensive early intervention services, education, and therapeutic services.