Books For Kids -- Mu Chapter Placing Books in the Hands of St. Vrain Students Since 1997
In 1997-98, Mu Chapter began a project to place books in the hands of children in the St. Vrain Community. Members changed the annual Christmas ornament exchange and instead brought new books for children in the St. Vrain community. During the first year of the project, originated by Kathy Flynn and coordinated by Aileen Solt, placed books at the Teen Parenting Center at the Career Development Center. Since its inception, during the late 90's and early 2000's the project grew to include book donations from Mu Chapter to the Tiny Tim Learning Center and The Inn Between.
In 2015, books were given to Northridge Elementary. Principal Lorynda Sampson received the books and distributed them to the students in an after-school gathering. Over 800 books were provided. Kathy Flynn (originator and co-chair), Gail Ward, Georgie Suppe' and Cheryl Barnett facilitated the project.
Also in 2015, Gail Ward attended a meeting of the pre-school coordinators and arranged for over 150 books to be given to them to be distributed during readiness testing sessions. This will be a yearly contribution to aid the pre-school programs.
In 2014, books were given to Timberline K-8 school. Over 2500 books were donated to the school and distributed to each student in Kdg through 8th grade. Custodians and Staff were extremely helpful in the distribution of the books. Gail Ward coordinated the sorting and distribution.
Books were received from donations, AAUW (Longmont Branch), and Boulder County ReCycle.
In 2013, books were given to Loma Linda Elementary.
In Spring 2012, books were given to Rocky Mountain Elementary (500) and Columbine Elementary (500).
In the Spring of 2011, Mu Chapter and Borders' Books donated over 1000 books to Northridge Elementary. This donation took place on the same day as several of our members participated in the READ IN at Northridge.
In the Fall of 2011, Chair Gail Ward presented principal Judy Orbanosky, Indian Peaks Elementary, with approximately 800 books which were distributed on the same evening as the parent/child Open House. Indian Peaks is a Title I school.
In 2006, the project expanded to include the Title I schools in St. Vrain Valley Schools. Donations were gathered from many elementary schools to support the Title I schools. In 2008, Rosie Anderson promoted a liaison with Borders Books and the project grew exponentially. We thank Borders Books and are extremely sad to have lost them --both for our project and for our community.
In 2009-2010, the project placed approximately 7,000 books in the hands of Title I elementary students, Teen Parenting, and Tiny Tim Center. This is the 12th year of the project and it continues to serve children in the St. Vrain Valley. Again, a huge 'Thank You' to Borders Books.
Project Directors: Gail Ward, chair personal growth and services; Cheryl Barnett, president; Kathy Flynn, Professional Affairs
Contact Web Manager: Kathy Flynn email@example.com Updated: Nov. 7, 2016