05/3/16

Children’s Book Drive

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Collection Sites

Books Are Wings in the Hope Artiste Village

1005 Main St, Suite 8233, Pawtucket

United Way of Rhode Island

50 Valley St, Providence

When you give a child a book her whole world changes.

Join the Statewide efforts to support summer learning and promote reading. Email us for details.

Jwhite@booksarewings.org

 

02/10/16

Get ready for March ‘Reading’ Madness

MarchReadingMadnessRhode Island, Game On! Book Are Wings is challenging you to get kids mad about reading. Our goal is to visit over 2,000 children and pass out over 5,000 books as we crisscross Rhode Island.  This includes a challenge to RI business and community members to raise $2,000 to support the effort.

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The reading madness does not stop there. Beginning March 1st, those looking to donate books can do so at 19 Bank Rhode Island locations across the state. BankRI has a long tradition of giving back to the community and we are proud to partner with them. Check out the locations below.

BankRI locations

01/6/16

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year aholiday boynd thank you to everyone that supported the Gift of Literacy campaign! We are off to a busy start this year and have lots of great volunteer opportunities ahead.  Please let us know if you are interested in any of them or have any questions.

Monday, January 18th
MLK Day of Service at Books Are Wings
We will be sorting though and organizing the many amazing books that have been donated to us within the past few weeks. Please join us anytime between 10&1 that day and please let me know ahead of time if you can make it.  Thank you!
Tuesday, January 26th
Whitenecket Elem, East Providence.
All day book party at the school.
Volunteers needed in the morning and/or afternoon to help set up tables of books,organize supplies and help the children as they choose a free book to take home and keep.
 
Thursday, February 4
Agnes Little Elem, Pawtucket
All day book party at the school
Volunteers needed in the morning and/or afternoon to help set up table of books,organize supplies and help the children as they choose a free book to take home and keep.
Tuesday, March 1
Winter Elem, Pawtucket
All day book party at the school
Volunteers needed in the morning and/or afternoon to help set up table of books,organize supplies and help the children as they choose a free book to take home and keep.
 
Thursday, March 10th
Coleman Elem, Woonsocket
All day book party at the school
Volunteers needed in the morning and/or afternoon to help set up table of books,organize supplies and help the children as they choose a free book to take home and keep.

Email Kim Nelson to sign up: kim@booksarewings.org

Please note: we are now required to show a BCI check for all volunteers accompanying us to schools as volunteers.  If you haven’t provided it to us in the past, please provide a copy for us to keep and bring to schools as needed. If you have any questions about this, please let us know we are happy to help.

 

11/5/15

Gift of Literacy

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 The #Gift of Literacy campaign provides essential funds for programs that build children’s opportunity, desire and passion to read. Help us awaken a child’s interest and #keepkidsreading. When you donate to the #Gift of Literacy, you are unlocking the world of possibilities for low-income children across Rhode Island. Books Are Wings has 30,000 books, help us put them in the hands of children in 2016.

Click below for ways to become involved.

http://booksarewingsgiftofliteracy.mydagsite.com/home

09/23/15

Books in the Hands of all Central Falls children PreK-grade 4

On Thursday, October 8th Books Are Wings will host a Book Party at Ella Risk Elementary School, the fourth event in the district-wide series. Come celebrate that all children PreK to Grade 4 in Central Falls will  have books in their home.

Volunteer with us in our book fair style program geared at reaching those children who do not have access to books outside their school environment.  Volunteers help set up tables of books for children to browse and choose from.  We also spend time reading to the kids and guide them in a craft activity.

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Ella Risk Elementary

949 Dexter St

Central Falls, RI

8:15am -10:45am: Grade 2,3

12:30pm – 2:30pm: Grade 1, 4

In Central Falls, 41% of children live in families below the federal poverty threshold and 56% of fourth graders are not proficient in reading (RI Kids Count 2015 Fact Book), key predictors of future school success. Restricted book access and lower motivation to read have been noted as key factors contributing to reading gaps affecting lower income families.

06/30/15

Summer 2015

FullSizeRender (1)We are hosting 36 summer book parties with the goal to stop the ‘summer slide’ which is the loss of reading skills experienced by children during the summer months. “Stopping the summers slide and providing rich reading experience to children is of utmost importance to our organization,” says Suzanne Oppenheimer, Books Are Wings’ new Board President. This summer the organization will distribute over 11,000 books to children in Rhode Island.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national collaborative of foundations, lists summer learning loss as one of the three major obstacles to reading proficiency. In Rhode Island’s core cities only 54% of 4th graders are at or above reading proficiency according to the Rhode Island Kids Count 2015 Fact Book.

03/11/15

Where are we with March ‘Reading’ Madness?

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Thursday, March 12th
8:30am – 2;30pm
Agnes Little Elementary
Pawtucket, RI

We will help the children with a craft and assist them in choosing free books to take home that day.

Wednesday, March 18th
9am – 2pm

Coleman Elementary
Woonsocket, RI: We will be at  and need 2-3 volunteers per shift to help in the morning or afternoon. We will help the children with a craft and assist them in choosing free books to take home that day.

Thursday, March 19th
1pm – 3:30pm

Veterans Elementary School Health and Safety Fair.

Central Falls, RI:  We will need volunteers to assist children in choosing books.

Thursday, March 26th
8:30am – 12pm

Charles Fortes Elementary
Providence, RI: We are looking for 3-6 volunteers in at  in Providence, RI. We will be hosting a book party and are looking for people to help the children with a craft and choosing books to take home and keep.

Tuesday, March 31st
8:30am – 3pm

Veazie St Elementary
Providence, RI:  3- 6 volunteers are needed for both shifts–8:30-12:30 or 1-3. We will help the children with a craft and assist them in choosing free books to take home that day.

If you are unable to attend these fun events but still want to help out, we have some great ideas for you or your organization….bake sales, pennies for pages, dress down days at your school/organization.

02/20/15

March ‘Reading’ Madness

MarchReadingMadnessThis March, Books Are Wings will be blanketing Rhode Island, traveling to 5 schools in hopes of reaching over 2,000 children. At these book parties volunteers will hand out over 5,000 books. Volunteers will include Rhode Island Collegiate Athletes. All told, the team expects to travel 200 plus miles as they crisscross the state.
“March Reading Madness is a big undertaking for us but it’s well worth the effort when you see the kids receive their books”,” says Jocelyn White, Director of Books Are Wings. “Plus, PARC testing begins at the end of the month and we want to get these kids ready.”
The reading madness does not stop there. Those looking to donate books can do so at 19 Bank Rhode Island locations across the state. “BankRI has a long tradition of giving back to the community and we are proud to partner with them,” says White.
Book Are Wings has set a fundraising goal of $6,000 as part of the campaign. “A donation of just a few dollars can put a book in the hands of child who may not have a single book at home,” says White .