Volunteers from Westerville Partners for Education and Kiwanis of Westerville brought a very special Birthday Book Bonanza! program to the Early Learning Center on Tuesday. Teachers chose a special book from the Book Bonanza! collection for each students who had celebrated a birthday over the summer months. WPE supplied the Early Learning Center teachers with enough books to ensure that all the preschool students will receive a book from the Book Bonanza! collection to celebrate their birthdays this year. The Birthday Book Bonanza! program at the ELC aims to inspire students to develop a lifetime love of reading by encouraging them to bring the book home, act out its stories with their families, explore the illustrations and discuss the story.
Westerville Partners for Education and Kiwanis collect gently used books from Half Priced Books and from the community and create book distribution events at schools called Book Bonanza! McGraw Hill generously sponsors this program. There are thousands of used children’s books, in great condition, on shelves in homes and around town. Volunteers collect and repurpose these books, review them to ensure they are in good condition and the material is appropriate, research their AR level, and get them in the hands of kids in the Westerville City School District. To find out more about Book Bonanza! and other Westerville Partners for Education programs (or to donate books!) click here or find us on Facebook or Twitter (@WVillePartners).