LINC again is organizing a major summer book distribution to get a personal book in the hands of all elementary school students in over 80 LINC Caring Communities school sites.
This year's effort will involve over 30,000 books being distributed at LINC school sites in Center, Fort Osage, Grandview, Independence, Kansas City, and North Kansas City school districts along with two charter schools.
The effort is a major partnership with First Book - a national non-profit committed to making high-quality books available to children and youth.
The massive effort with significant volunteer support from Turn the Page KC - a non-profit reading initiative working on children reading on grade level by third grade.
There are volunteer opportunities for community members interested in helping to insure that children in our community have their very own book.
The opportunities will be during the week of April 27 - May 1 from 8:30AM – 5 PM.
We will be working in a space provided by the Independence School District in eastern Independence.
If interested, provide details online and LINC will contact you directly.
The goal is to provide every elementary school student with their own personal book to take home. The high-quality books are provided in partnership and with the support of First Book.
This is the fourth year that LINC has organized a major book distribution event. The two prior years, LINC obtained and distributed 10,000 books.
The 2015 effort expands on the success of the prior years. Watch a video about LINC's 2013 book distribution in the KCPS.
Turn the Page KC Partnership
LINC is working closely with Turn the Page KC– a community initiative organized by Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James– to make sure children are reading on grade level.
The focus on summer reading is a key component of Turn the Page KC, a part of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading.
Reversing the "Summer Slide"
Kansas City area students participating in 2013 summer reading programs showed reading gains, reversing the expected trend of summer reading loss for low-income children.
Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Executive Director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium, presented the results of the extensive 2013 summer data sharing project at the January LINC Commission meeting.
The results involved several school districts, public libraries and youth-serving organizations sharing data on reading assessment in the spring and fall of 2013 along with student reading activities during the 2013 summer.