From our entire family here at The Goddard School, we wish you a happy and healthy start to 2014!
The holiday season is always a time to think about those in need. Our Plainfield preschool and its partnership with Bernie's Book Bank (http://www.berniesbookbank.org/) has already achieved tremendous results. All Chicagoland Goddard Schools, including our location, are working with Bernie's to highlight the important role that books should play during early education.
In the span of a few short weeks, 1,624 books have been donated! Our students, teachers, and parents are immensely proud of this milestone.
But even with this great result, it makes Karen and I pause for a moment to remember how special this book drive is for us on a personal level. We are blessed in many ways. From our beautiful children who attended Goddard, to a supportive community, we are certainly lucky. However, we can never forget how far we have come in life.
up in two low-income families in North Carolina (Karen) and New
Orleans (Rundy), organizations like Bernie's Books didn't exist
during our childhood. Without access to such a resource, Karen and I
missed out on many of the genuine learning experiences that books
just like our mutual experiences all those years ago, it's still
shocking to hear that 61% of underprivileged families lack access to
any books whatsoever. It should be the job of preschools
to make a difference for their community's children.
serve as valuable learning tools that help our community's children
grow socially and emotionally. Students from low-income families
oftentimes arrive on their first day of kindergarten never having
opened a book. It's estimated that children can never recover from
this and it can set their schooling back permanently.
there are countless families in immediate communities of Shorewood,
Plainfield, and Crest Hill that need our help right now. And that's
why all Chicagoland Goddard Schools have partnered with Bernie's
Books to make a difference. The Plainfield
here at Goddard wants to change this alarming trend.
Each location has
dedicated themselves to collecting at least 1,500 new or gently-used
books, but Karen and myself know we can reach even higher. That's
why we've set our collection goal at our Plainfield preschool at 5,000 books. So far, we're off to
a great start, receiving well over 1,000 from students, family
members, and close friends.
In addition the
collection boxes here at our school (5005 West Theodore Street), we
have drop-off locations at Saint Joseph's Hospital (333 Madison
Street in Joliet) The Shorewood Chamber of Commerce (1 Towne Center
Blvd), and The Timbers at Shorewood (1100 North River Road).
To help reach that 5,000 book goal, we need your help! Here's how you can give back to your local Shorewood preschool:
1. Search your home for new or gently used children's books. Drop them off at your local Goddard School at any time during our regular hours (Monday-Friday: 6:00AM -6:00PM).
2. Inspire your family, friends,
and neighbors to donate. The more we spread the word, the more
children we help. Get them involved!
3. If you don't have any
children's books laying around, no worries! Visit your local Dollar
Store for a wide range of affordable children's books.
Use our book drive as an opportunity to teach your children the
value of helping others. Help the Goddard teachers motivate our
to be active in a great cause!
students here at the Goddard preschool
in Plainfield have
been busy too! Each classroom has decorated their own book donation
box and placed it outside of their class. Stop by and take a look at
at the end of the book drive, the group of students that gets the
most books wins a very special treat: A pizza party with Clifford,
The Big Red Dog!
From our Goddard
Family, thank you for your constant support and donations! See you
on Saturday, January 18th
right here at your favorite preschool in Plainfield – The Goddard School!
Rundy & Karen Wells
On-Site Owners, The Goddard School of Plainfield
For more information on signing your child up for preschool program, stop by The Goddard School of Plainfield, or visit our website at http://www.goddardschool.com/chicago/plainfield-joliet-theodore-street-il.