Serve Your City: Prep Books for Kids with the Children's Book Bank (International Student Life @ PSU)

Saturday, July 16th, 2022 from 9:00am to 12:00pm (PT)
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PSU International students with International Student Life: Volunteer your time and energies at the Children's Book Bank!

Come and spruce-up gently-used community donated children's books, which will later be distributed to low-income preschool children in the Portland area! Specific tasks include wiping covers, taping torn pages, erasing scribbles, covering inscriptions and reinforcing worn spines. A typical volunteer session includes a welcome, introductions, an overview of the Book Bank and book cleaning instructions, and then the book cleaning itself, followed by a reflection. 

The book gap: For children in poverty, one of the biggest obstacles to literacy development (which begins at birth) is the scarcity of books in the home. While the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books to 1 child, the ratio in low-income neighborhoods is a mere 1 book to 300 children.

The Children's Book Bank narrows the book gap by providing the community with a place for families donate the books their children have outgrown, moving thousands and thousands of children's books into the homes of kids in need.

Volunteers will have the option of meeting at PSU and travel together via streetcar & walking to the the Children's Book Bank. Actual project is from 10am - 12pm; please indicate in your registration if you'd like to meet us there directly or whether you'd like to meet on campus around ~9:15am to take the streetcar over with the group. 

Come make a big impact on kids in need and have fun sprucing up books with fellow PSU students!   

This project is open specifically to Portland State University International students through the International Student Life office and Student Community Engagement Center's #serveyourcityserveyourcampus program.
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