Just as school is winding down for the summer, the United Way of Central Iowa Women's Leadership Connection ("WLC") is providing a boost for next fall with its second annual "Stuff the Bus" book drive.
Though it is well known that access to age-appropriate books improves a child's overall education, a recent study revealed that more than 80 percent of child care centers primarily serving low-income families lack the resources to acquire and maintain a supply of reading material for education and entertainment.
"The book drive collects new and gently used books for child care centers and in-home providers," said Nyemaster Goode attorney Angie Brick. Brick, a member of the WLC's events planning committee, added, "Last year was our first book drive, and we collected over 2,500 books. We hope to double that number this year."
Over the next two weeks (April 25 to May 5), collection boxes will be strategically placed at a variety of businesses inviting everyone to contribute to "Stuff the Bus." Interested donors also may participate by attending the Stuff the Bus Book Fair on Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store on University Avenue in West Des Moines. Vouchers will be available for shoppers on that day, and a portion of each voucher redeemed will be donated to the Stuff the Bus project for the purchase of books.
"Nothing is more important to our community than ensuring every young person succeeds in school. Through financial contributions, advocacy and volunteerism, Women's Leadership Connection members are working to ensure children are ready for kindergarten," Brick said.
Nyemaster Goode is pleased to be participating in this fund drive. Other area firms also collecting books include Wells Fargo, Principal Financial, Aviva, ITAGroup, Pioneer, Bankers Trust, Hubbell Realty, Holmes Murphy, UPS, FBL Financial, Meredith and Delta Dental.