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.

1
Text Only
Opinion
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks