(C. Proxmire, The Ferndale 115 News, June 12, 2012)
Operation Kid Equip is having a free book day on June 13th at Webb Elementary School (2100 Woodward Heights, Ferndale) from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The first 800 children to attend will get to choose from thousands of books to keep them busy reading this summer. There is no need to sign up, and no residency restriction. Simply bring the school-age children to Webb during the event time. There may be other surprises as well!
With an on-going commitment to Operation: Kid Equip and local schools, the book grants and distribution are being sponsored in part by OKE Financial, a part of Affinity Group Credit Union.
Operation: Kid Equip also announced a renewed focus on the educational needs of homeless students. The organization is actively trying to raise $15,000 in order to provide books to every identified homeless student in Michigan.
“Research shows that one of the ways to increase reading proficiency is ensuring all kids have access to and own their own books,” said Menachem Kniespeck, CEO of Operation: Kid Equip. “Kids living in poverty often don’t have access to books like other children. This special delivery will put books right into their hands.”
Operation: Kid Equip hopes to raise the necessary funds to distribute the first round of 31,000 books across the state by the end of August 2012.
Recently, Operation: Kid Equip also launched an app on Facebook to bring awareness and support to more than 6,000 identified homeless students across metro Detroit. Supporters are encouraged to take the pledge to bring awareness and much-needed school day supplies, books and hygiene items to kids experiencing homelessness. The “Create Change Now” campaign is available at www.facebook.com/okequip.
To learn more about Operation: Kid Equip, or to donate, visit www.operationkidequip.org.