BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Early literacy can help determine a child’s academic future, but unfortunately, not all children have access to a variety of books. But today you can help the children of East Bakersfield with a very special book drive.
United Way of Kern County and Councilman Eric Arias are teaming up to close the gaps in Kern’s literacy rates.
“There are studies that show that families and parents who read to their children at a young age do better throughout their educational careers,” said Gabriel Adame, director of marketing for UWKC. They are organizing a book drive that will help nurture the minds of young readers through the East Bakersfield Literacy Project.
Adame says they really want to focus on children still in their early stages of education and help develop a love for stories.
“Again, we want to be able to nurture their education, and also their creativity,” he said.
After this book drive, your donations will go to mini-libraries where families can exchange books and help continue the expansion of the literacy project.
“We’re seeing students who have moved up a level but don’t have the literacy rates that we traditionally look for, so this really comes at a crucial time,” Councilman Arias said.
This Saturday, five of these mini-libraries will be placed in East Bakersfield at local community centers and for public use. Councilor Arias says he hopes this project will spark the same love and joy he experienced reading as a child.
“The giving tree was my favorite story, showing that in life it’s about the friendships you build and those friendships can last forever and those are the most important things in our lives,” he said. he declares. “So it’s books like this and stories like this that will stick in your memory and we’re thrilled to give so many of our young people this opportunity.
UWKC will be accepting new and lightly used books throughout the day. The drive-in event will take place June 22 at the United Way of Kern County parking lot with the entrance on H Street. Located at 1707 Eye Street. Distribution will take place at the following times:
7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.