Books for Mendota

So what’s the story? The bad news is our nation is in a literacy crisis. 100% of Kindergarteners report wanting to read for fun. By 4th grade that percentage drops to 54%. Any by high school that number is at a staggering 19%. The good news is there are simple things we can do to help. 

Book ownership matters! A 20-year global study revealed that children who had 500+ books in their home completed an average 3.2 more years of education AND made on average an extra $21,145 more per year. 

In partnership with the Graves-Humes Public library, it is my hope to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading at a young age in OUR youth. I do not want to see our children fall to these statistics. 

Please join me and the Graves-Humes Public Library in supporting the families of Mendota, Illinois through the chamber’s event “Mendota Christmas” It is our hope that each child attending this event will go home with a free book! Each $25 donation will provide 2-3 children with a new book, a simple way to give back to these little ones and ensure they have a new book in time for the holidays. 

Over the next month, our goal together is to raise $4,000. Combined with 50% donation matching from Usborne Books & More, we'll be able to provide the city of Mendota with $6000 in books for the children. With just 160 donations of $25 we can reach our goal! I hope you'll have the opportunity to partner with us in making a difference for these amazing children. Thank you so much for considering this fundraiser.

Donations

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  • Jessica Naugle 
    • $25 
    • 11 mos
  • Haley Studebaker 
    • $25 
    • 11 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 11 mos
  • Laura Edwardsen 
    • $20 
    • 11 mos
  • Kristi Althaus 
    • $20 
    • 11 mos
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Organizer

Jennifer Bast 
Organizer
Mendota, IL
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