Shepherd Elementary Early Readers Book Drive

Early Readers, the all-volunteer, before-school program to support young readers at Shepherd Elementary School, is sponsoring a book drive.  The book drive is from now until Wednesday, November 22nd (the day before Thanksgiving).


Early Readers was started in 2008, with a mission to “encourage interest in reading and boost the ability to read among K-2 students who need extra attention.”  For almost a decade, community volunteers have been reading to and with Shepherd Elementary students three mornings a week during the school year.  Students are identified by teachers and the principal.

Since the program’s inception, about 100 students have been served, and many success stories have been attributed to the program.   The book drive will allow us to replace dated books and expand our collection to include more seasonal content, books about diversity, and readings that address TOLERANCE, the ability to have a fair and objective attitude towards differences in others. (Note that tolerance is the theme for Shepherd School this year!)  Donated books should appeal to early readers.  Our children seem to prefer bright, lively picture books with colorful characters and readable language.  Of course, humor helps!


Please help us by donating new or gently used books to our program. Books can be dropped off at;

1) Shepherd Park Elementary School, look for the Early Readers plastic bin near the entrance

2) 1355 Kalmia Road, NW. Please put the books in the plastic bin on the porch or in the mailbox, if the bin is not there

Please help us spread the word!    Post this information (or any part of it) on community listservs and social media sites.  Engage your friends, family, and associates. Talk it up at your community center, sports club, or place of worship, or set up a mini-drive among your peers. The holiday season is fast approaching.  This could be a great service project for your children.

For more information contact Valerie Mann, 202-882-1925 or 202-486-8888.

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