10th Annual Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive

The 10th annual Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive, sponsored by Kamloops Honda in partnership with Literacy in Kamloops (LinK), takes place January 5–26, 2019. The goal of this project is to increase book ownership in all homes and to encourage a love of reading.

LinK invites the community to launch Heap the Honda at Kamloops Honda on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 10:00 am. New or gently used children’s books can be dropped off at Kamloops Honda during regular business hours January 5–26. Other drop-off locations include the TNRD North Kamloops (after January 14) and Kamloops libraries, the Henry Grube Education Centre, Kamloops This Week, and any Bright Red Bookshelf location. Many local elementary schools also participate in Heap the Honda.

The Heap the Honda Children’s Book Drive is just one of the many literacy initiatives taking place in Kamloops in January in support of Family Literacy Day (FLD), January 27. In celebration of FLD’s 20th anniversary, families are encouraged to “Take 20” minutes to make learning together part of their every day. On January 25, The Cat in the Hat, along with Thing 1 and Thing 2, will be accepting book donations at the “Bring a Children’s Book” to the Kamloops Blazers Game. Also, every child attending ABC Family Literacy Day on January 26 at the Henry Grube Education Centre will receive a new-to-them book from Heap the Honda. Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy week will take place from January 26 to February 2. The schedule of free events will be published in Kamloops This Week on January 23.

“Thanks to Heap the Honda, more children in more homes have more books. Hopefully, that also means they are being read to more and are reading more,” says Fiona Clare, Chair of the Family Literacy Week Committee.

Volunteer Faith Bailey and her husband Al organize teams of helpers throughout the year to sort, clean, and put stickers on the donated books. Volunteers distribute the books to Bright Red Bookshelves at 25 school and community locations. More than 500 volunteer hours are committed to this project each year, and more than 100,000 children’s books have been given away!

For more information, visit LiteracyInKamloops.ca.

Bright Red Bookshelf locations:
Community locations: ASK Wellness, Big Little Science Centre, Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops, Children Who Witness Abuse Program, Downtown YMCA-YWCA, Interior Community Services, Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, Kamloops Child Development Centre, Kamloops Food Bank, Kamloops Immigrant Services, Kamloops YMCA-YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral, Ministry of Children and Family Development, Salvation Army Family Centre, Secwepemc Child and Family Services Agency, Tournament Capital Centre, Westsyde Pool, White Buffalo Indigenous Urban Services

School locations: A E Perry Elementary, Arthur Hatton Elementary, Beattie Elementary, Bert Edwards School of Science and Technology, Dufferin Elementary, Kay Bingham Elementary, Marion Schilling Elementary, Parkcrest Elementary

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