Campus: CSU Bakersfield -- March 28, 2005
Book Drive Under Way
Kern County can help preschool students be ready to read in kindergarten by
donating to the Family Literacy Book Drive. It's all part of the "Preschool
Literacy Project" funded by a $600,000 grant from ChevronTexaco and directed by
CSUB Literacy professor Geri Mohler. The drive officially kicked off March 17 and
will wrap up April 18. The program is hoping to receive 5,000 to 10,000 books.
Mohler is asking for new or gently used books in English and Spanish. "The drive
is helping the Preschool Literacy Project but it's also for the whole family,"
she stressed. "We're not just looking for preschool material."
Books will be categorized and distributed to the eight BCSD pre-kindergarten sites
for their school libraries. Other titles will be distributed to various school
libraries or made available to older children and adults. Each child in the
pre-kindergarten program may choose several books to take home to keep but may
later exchange them for other books.
The book drive is a community effort involving various organizations around the
county including local Boy Scout troops. There are more than 80 drop off sites:
CSUB, all county libraries, all BCSD school sites plus the education center,
ChevronTexaco, Aera Energy, Occidental Elk Hills, the Bakersfield Chamber of
Commerce, Russo's Books, University Square at 2000 K St., Kern County Superintendent
of Schools, and the Bakersfield College Library. Donations may also be arranged
for pickup by CSUB students.
Mohler said through the literacy project 11 Bakersfield City pre-kindergarten
classrooms with 22 teachers and 500 children will work with CSUB literacy coaches
to enhance literacy skills and instruction.
"It's clear that positive early childhood experiences set the stage for life-long
success-in the classroom and beyond," said Warner Williams, ChevronTexaco San
Joaquin Valley Business Unit Vice President.
"We're proud to support programs like the Preschool Literacy Project that deliver
sustained benefits to the Bakersfield community."
The impact within the district should be demonstrated within one to two years with
children entering kindergarten with significantly higher emergent literacy skills.
Contact: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456,
or Jaclyn Loveless, email@example.com