OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — The importance of reading to children was emphasized last week when Olmsted Falls-based KidsFirst Learning Centers dedicated a collection box located at City Hall for residents to donate gently used children’s books.
“In January, we joined up with nonprofit organization Kids’ Book Bank, which is based in Cleveland,” KidsFirst Learning Centers Owner Willis B. Boyer said. “We believe in children’s education, early education and exposing children to books early. So when we met up with this organization, we said, ‘This is perfect.‘”
A regional provider of early childhood education, KidsFirst Learning Centers contribute cash and also collect books at all three of their Cleveland area locations for donation to Kids’ Book Bank.
“Kids’ Book Bank research shows about two-thirds of all inner-city, low-income families have no books in the house at all,” Boyer said. “This organization is remarkable, and its efforts have been enormously successful.”
Founded in 2015, Kids’ Book Bank’s mission is to break the poverty cycle by exposing disadvantaged children to language and reading from birth, fostering literacy skills, opening minds to the world beyond their neighborhoods and fueling their imaginations.
“The disadvantaged kids who receive the books benefit, but, also, there is a great service-learning opportunity here for students and volunteers who participate,” Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank co-founder and Executive Director Judy Payne said in a press release. “It’s a win-win.”
Books collected in Olmsted Falls