In low-income households, schools and communities, books and educational resources are scarce. Kids start school behind their higher income peers, and often never catch up. Educational success can only be achieved when teachers and kids have the resources they need to succeed. Every child deserves the tools they need to learn, and this quarter we’re going to help them do it.
The MES 2017 Second Quarter National-Level Charity is going to be *First Book*. *First Book* is a nonprofit organization that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to low-income children in need. Since their founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools that help children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. Their membership of more than 250,000 teachers and program leaders is the largest and fastest growing network of educators serving the children of low-income families.
There will, as always, be three ways to donate for this drive, which will last from *April 1 – June 30, 2017*.
To donate money, please visit First Book’s website and click the “Donate Now” link. Monetary donations convert at 1 prestige per 5 dollars.
To donate time, you can either utilize the fundraising link at www.firstbook.org or raise funds through any activity fundraiser (carwash, bake sale, anything legal) and send me pictures. For those of you who are camera shy, you are welcome to blur out faces or only use pictures of your hands. Time donations are worth 10 prestige per hour.
To donate goods, you may donate books either to your local library or to any local charity 501(C)3 book drive. Please send receipts and/or pictures to me; including name and MES number. For the purposes of this drive, each book will be worth 3 National prestige.
Please submit all donation receipts/photos with your name and cam number to both your DC and the aNC Charities. Group drives are fine, but must be submitted individually to me by each person for record keeping.