Spearheaded by Colonial Heights Dental Group, the drive collected more than 1,500 books for the club last year, and organizers hope to reach or exceed 1,000 books this year.
“There’s a growing interest in the book drive every year. … The Boys & Girls Club is a great place, and we know that the books are going home to the kids,” said Susan Creech of Colonial Heights Dental Group.
When will the drive kick off?
The book drive will officially begin on Oct. 1 and run through the end of the month, though some donors have gotten a head-start. Taylor Woods of Colonial Heights Dental Group said 213 books had already been dropped off at that location as of last Thursday.
What kind of books are needed?
Books should be appropriate for readers ages 6-18 and can be in new or gently used condition. Books, along with donated dental hygiene supplies, will be distributed to Boys & Girls Club students at an event in November.
“The book drive has come so far, and we are hoping it will only get bigger,” Woods said. “The Boys & Girls Club is a fantastic organization, and Tina (Pasquale) with the Boys & Girls Club and I work very closely in making sure the event for the kids turns out fantastic. It is a great joy to be able to put books in the hands of kids.”
Where are the drop-off locations?
Books can be dropped off at Colonial Heights Dental Group, golf AMPLIFIED, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, Andy Warner-Shelter Insurance and the Kingsport and Gray locations of Achieve Health and Wellness Physical Therapy.
Why support the drive?
Creech cited one study in particular when referencing the importance of reading for students. She said an analysis of nearly 100,000 U.S. school children found that access to printed materials is the “critical variable affecting reading acquisition.”
“I would encourage people to participate because of the benefit that children receive when they get a book and how reading can help students do better in school,” Creech said.