MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

June 20, 2013

Help teach children to read

A good education begins with a solid foundation in reading.

Two local groups — the Lake Area United Way and Action in Muskogee — are working to encourage early childhood literacy.

The Lake Area United Way, as part of a national campaign called Day of Action, is collecting gently used books for children in first through fifth grades.

“When we have 80 percent of Muskogee children on free or reduced lunches, there is probably not much money spent by a family on educational materials,” said Debi Busch, executive director of the Lake Area United Way.

AIM, a community group seeking to make Muskogee a better place, also has identified the need for children’s books.

Wren Stratton, who chairs an AIM committee, said the Day of Action “fits perfectly with AIM’s efforts to get books for kids.”

“We’re putting it out in front of their minds we need to get books for kids,” Stratton said, adding that AIM is encouraging other non-profit organizations to have book drives.

Drop off a book today.

The investment in children will be well worth your time.

Children’s book drive

The Lake Area United Way is conducting a city-wide children’s book drive today. The drive seeks new or gently-used books for children in first through fifth grades.

DROP-OFF SITES

• 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Arrowhead Mall, 501 N. Main St.

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Muskogee Phoenix covered parking lot, Third and Court streets.

• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Paul United Methodist Church,  2130 W. Okmulgee Ave.

• Noon to 5 p.m. Muskogee Public Library, 801 W. Okmulgee Ave.

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