DENVER — Monday, December 2, 2013 — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced the launch of the 3rd Annual Colorado Reads Book Drive today with the goal of collecting 25,000 new and gently used children’s books by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 20, 2014.
“One of the best ways we can honor the legacy of Dr. King, who believed so strongly in the power of education, is to provide all children with a strong start, a love of books, and the ability to read at an early age,” said the Lt. Governor.
As part of the State’s commitment to early literacy, the Colorado Reads Book Drive is just one way Serve Colorado/AmeriCorps, local businesses and nonprofit organizations are coming together to help ensure Colorado’s children grow up with the support and resources necessary to become successful readers by the end of third grade.
Collections will take place statewide for books written for children from birth through age ten. Spanish-language books are especially needed. A complete list of collection sites is available at: www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor/serve
Donations will support youth served by organizations such as Denver Public Schools, United Way of Weld County, Reach Out and Read Colorado and organizations in communities affected by the Colorado wildfires and floods this past year. Donated books will stay in the communities in which they are donated and benefit local children.
The Colorado Reads Book Drive is sponsored by AmeriCorps Colorado, AARP, Etkin Johnson Group, KLOVE and United Way organizations around the state.
About Serve Colorado
Serve Colorado, the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, strives to build a culture of civic engagement across Colorado by working in partnership with a vast array of community based organizations. As the state agency of the national AmeriCorps program, Serve Colorado provides staffing and funding for 15 community based programs including environmental stewardship, academic tutoring, youth mentoring, economic opportunity, and other initiatives designed to help communities thrive. Additionally, Serve Colorado directly oversees the Colorado Reads and One Book 4 Colorado literacy initiatives, and promotes volunteerism through four Days of Service held annually. Learn more at www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor/serve.
Every day in communities across Colorado, AmeriCorps members are making a powerful impact on the most critical issues facing our state. Since 1994, 27,000 Colorado residents have served 23 million hours and received almost $54 million dollars in Education Awards as AmeriCorps Members. Whether improving schools, fighting poverty, rebuilding after disasters, providing health services, preserving the environment, or supporting veterans and military families, AmeriCorps members are getting things done for Colorado.
About Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged theCorporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service - a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."