This week was our first #FeednRead of the new school year! Even though students have been in school for a month, we kicked off all the reading FUN by celebrating The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, Dot Day, and the concept of MAKE YOUR MARK!


Students and volunteers alike shared a fantastic meal (two words: Fish. Tacos.) prepared by Daylight Mind Coffee. YUMMY!


Stories were shared, books were chosen, fun was had, and we made our marks thanks to lots and lots of sidewalk chalk.


Students of all ages were able to build their stacks since we had so many BRAND NEW BOOKS to choose from! I don't know what I would do without Scholastic Book Clubs (HOORAY $1 deals!).


As always, it takes a village and we could not do it without our great volunteers: teachers, principals, teens, families, community members, and more. We appreciate our local businesses, and to Ulu Wini for letting us be a part of your community.

Check out a few of the pictures of stories and smiles!







It takes a LOT of books to keep this program going!


Scroll through to see the rest!

Until next month, HAPPY READING!


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Stories and smiles and books, oh my!


Our last #FeednRead of the school year was a success and a chance for many students to get SUMMER READING READY!


As always, it takes a village and we could not do it without our great volunteers: teachers, principals, teens, families, community members, and more. Even one of my dear friends in town on vacation joined in the fun. We appreciate our local businesses Daylight Mind Coffee and Kiawe Smokehouse for the FOOD, and to Ulu Wini for letting us be a part of your community.


Check out the pictures of just a few of the kids building their book stacks. Thanks to all the books I was able to purchase from Scholastic Book Clubs (HOORAY $1 deals!), it was a chance for us to let the kids stock up for summer reading.









#bookaccessforall #communityoutreach #literacy #storytime #kidlit #ifyoubuildittheywillcome #projectlitkona #whyiteach #teachers #librarians #bookaccess #kidsneedbooks #outreach #volunteers #summerreading


Last night was another successful Feed n Read! And I think this photo really captures the spirit of the evening.

If you can’t tell from the photo, the young woman on the left has 8 books in her hand (because Mrs. Yusko said, “Happy Easter! Take as many books as you want!”). She moved to our community at the start of the school year and couldn’t read at all. One of her teachers told me last night that she has made HUGE strides this year! When I took a moment to chat with her about her book choices, she was clearly proud that she was a reader. “I read all the time! I need more books so that I can keep reading. Also, do you mind if I take this Cars book to read to my little brother? He’s only 3 but he would like it and we can read together.” <heart melting>


And that pretty much sums up the power of #bookaccessforall.


Feed n Read has an impact on all of us: the kids and families that attend, the volunteers, the educators, the community.


I love to see the teen volunteers having just as much fun as the kids they’re reading with. I’m honestly not sure who gets the most out of the experience. They eat together, play together, talk story, and read together. They give hugs and piggy back rides. They help them choose books.


I love that we are starting to have families that attend together. Parents that pick out books for their kids while the littles are listening to stories. Parents that ask if they can take a book for themselves.


It takes a village and we definitely could not do this each month without our village:

Our volunteers: teachers, principals, community members, teens, families, and more!


Our generous meal sponsor: Daylight Mind and Kiawe Smokehouse!


The staff at Ulu Wini for making this program a priority and always being there to support our efforts!


Want to know more? Start a program of your own? Donate to our book fund? Contact me! In the meantime, enjoy some more pics of our Feed n Read FUN!




#feednread #community #outreach #literacy #volunteers #floodingthebookdesert #newbooks #reading #storytime

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