Every year, the United Way’s Success by 6 program promotes literacy by holding a book drive, and this year is no exception.
“We know that children that grow up in homes with books available to them are better prepared to enter school and have a more developed vocabulary than children who do not have access to books,” said Christina Hann, assistant executive director of Success by 6.
That’s the goal of Success by 6’s annual book drive – to provide reading materials to disadvantaged kids by putting them in the hands of child care providers, day care centers and after-school programs.
This year’s “Bring on the Books” drive will kick off March 1 at the Syracuse University men’s basketball game against the University of Cincinnati. Student volunteers will help to collect books and monetary donations when the gates open at The Carrier Dome until tip-off at 2 p.m.
“We have a great partnership with SU, and every year SU has allowed SB6 to kick off the two-week-long book collection at a men’s basketball game,” Hann said. “Approximately 25 student volunteers from the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service will be at each gate helping us collect children’s books.”
The drive will continue until March 16. During that two-week period, Hann said she hopes to top last year’s total of 15,000 new and gently used books, all of which are distributed to more than 75 sites working with children throughout Onondaga County including Head Start, Pre-K and child care programs. Additionally, Child Care Solutions also assists the program in distributing books to home child care providers throughout Central New York.
Success by 6 began the book drive locally 11 years ago. Since then, the program has collected more than 120,000 books and redistributed them throughout the community.
Through “Bring on the Books” Success By 6 strives to raise community-wide awareness to the issue of literacy by involving local businesses and other organizations in this collection. The program aims to bring the joy of books and reading to children and programs that may not otherwise possess the resources to purchase age-appropriate books, thus encouraging greater involvement and time spent in the development of reading skills.
Numerous businesses and community organizations, including Time Warner Cable, P&C and Syracuse University, support the drive. The week before “Bring on the Books!” commences, Time Warner Cable will drop off collection materials and directions to participating company sites. Companies will display the boxes and flyers received to help collect and promote the two-week long book drive. Time Warner Cable will then help collect all books and materials during the week of March 16.
If you or your business is interested in participating in the book drive, contact Hann at 428-2225 or email@example.com.
Book drop-off locations
If you want to drop off a new or gently used book for the “Bring on the Books” drive conducted by Success by 6, here are the dropoff locations:
– Alliance Bank (all Onondaga County branches)
– The Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce (South Salina Street)
– P&C stores (all Onondaga and Oswego county locations)
– Time Warner Cable offices (South Salina Street, Syracuse and Fair Lakes Road, East Syracuse)
– The Post-Standard (Clinton Street)
– The United Way of Central New York (518 James St., Syracuse)
– NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV (Bridge Street, East Syracuse)
– SU men’s basketball game vs. University of Cincinnati on Sunday March 1
Sarah Hall is the editor of the Eagle Star-Review and the Baldwinsville Messenger. The 2012 winner of the Syracuse Press Club's Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award, she has been with Eagle Newspapers since 2006. She is a Liverpool native.