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9th Annual Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive

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January 04, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Kamloops, BC – The 9th annual Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive, sponsored by Kamloops Honda in partnership with Literacy in Kamloops (LinK), takes place January 6-27, 2018. The goals of this project are to increase book ownership in all homes and to encourage a love of reading. Over the past eight years, more than 80,000 children’s books have been given away. Volunteer Coordinator Faith Bailey and her husband Al organize teams of volunteers throughout the year to sort, clean, and label books. Volunteers distribute the books to Bright Red Bookshelves at 22 school and community locations. More than 500 volunteer hours are committed to this project each year.

Literacy in Kamloops invites the community to launch Heap the Honda at Kamloops Honda on Saturday, January 6, at 10:00 am. New or gently used children’s books can be dropped off at Kamloops Honda from January 6 to 27. Other drop-off locations include the North Kamloops and Kamloops Libraries, the Henry Grube Education Centre, Kamloops This Week, and any Bright Red Bookshelf location. Many local elementary schools also participate in Heap the Honda.

On January 27, the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, and Thing 2 will accept book donations at the Kamloops Blazers game during the “Bring a Children’s Book” event.

Every child who attends ABC Family Literacy Day on January 20 at the Henry Grube Education Centre will receive a new-to-them book from the Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive.

Heap the Honda is just one of the many literacy initiatives taking place in Kamloops in January in support of National Family Literacy Day, which is celebrated each year on January 27. Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week will take place January 20-27. The schedule of free events will be published in Kamloops This Week on January 16. When families play and read together, they learn together and have fun.

For more information, visit literacyinkamloops.ca.

Bright Red Bookshelf locations:

  • community locations: ASK Wellness, BIG Little Science Centre, Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops, Children Who Witness Abuse Program, Downtown YMCA-YWCA, Interior Community Services, Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, Kamloops Child Development Centre, Kamloops Food Bank, Kamloops Immigrant Services, Kamloops YMCA-YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral, Salvation Army Family Centre, Secwepemc Child and Family Services Agency, and the Tournament Capital Centre
  • school locations: A E Perry Elementary, Arthur Hatton Elementary, Beattie Elementary, Bert Edwards School of Science and Technology, Kay Bingham Elementary, Marion Schilling Elementary, and Parkcrest Elementary

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