Kiwanians donate books to Book Harvest.

Mar. 08, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

Durham Kiwanis club members donated 347 books to Book Harvest (www.bookharvestnc.org) on Feb. 27 after Ginger Young, the founder, gave a passionate presentation to the club. 

Young stated that reading books is the number-one indicator of academic success, yet many children have no books, so are at a huge disadvantage when they start school.  If those children are not on grade level by grade three, their likelihood of graduating from high school is greatly diminished.

Book Harvest works to provide a book-rich home environment for children in need. 

Since its founding in 2011, Book Harvest has given over 230,000 free books to Triangle children, primarily those who receive free school lunches, through their three programs: “Book Babies,” ‘Books on Break” and “Books for Free.”  The “Book Babies” program is carried out with the strong support of Durham Connects.

In addition to donating the 347 books, the Durham Kiwanis Club runs the “Terrific Kids” program and provides free dictionaries and other support to needy children in the Durham community.