Let's Get 1000 Kids Reading!

I recently wrote and published a children's book and set a goal of getting 1000 kids reading by raising enough money to donate 1000 copies of my book and its proceeds to the Lynn Community Health Center, where I am a Reach Out & Read Program volunteer.

CONSIDER THIS: A typical middle class child enters first grade with approximately 1000 hours of being read to, while the corresponding child from a low-income family averages just 25 hours.

My interest in childhood literacy began in 2011, when I joined the Reach Out and Read, which is a program that helps promote literacy amongst children, helping to spark a lifelong love of reading. It introduces every child that enters the Lynn Community Health Center with a wide variety of books that kids can read and eventually take home for themselves. As you can imagine, this wonderful program always needs more funding, as it strives to provide as many books as possible on a limited budget.

After volunteering at the Lynn Community Health Center for almost three years, I have learned which books kids like to read, and which books they do not. Through these personal experiences and observations, I became inspired to write my own children's book about a character called Melvin, which describes an experience I had as a small child.

The book I wrote and self-published is called "A Small Tale: The Adventures of Melvin", and it tells the story of a young second grade boy named Melvin who learns that being small can have huge advantages. I hope you enjoy it!

With your help, we can raise $10,000 dollars, which would fund the purchase of 1000 books for the Lynn Community Health Center along with a cash donation of close to $6000!

Any donation you make will be greatly appreciated! Also, if you would like to purchase a copy of my book, you can find it at: http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/1482503433

Thank you so much for your support. With your help, we can promote literacy and help to get 1000 kids reading!

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Alex Ricciardelli 
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