Displaying some of the 800 books collected during National Young Readers Day are, back row from left, LCSD Homeless Coordinator Katey Townsend, Amanda Fulton and Michael Bojarski of Dutch Bros. Coffee in Newport, East County Homeless Advocate Amy Becksted and, in front, Kiana and Asher.
Trading Coffee for Books to feed hungry young minds!
For National Young Readers Day, Dutch Bros. Coffee in Newport decided to celebrate on a local level by trading coffee for books.
All day on Nov. 13, customers donated books in exchange for a free beverage. More than 800 books were collected and donated to the Homeless Education & Literacy Project (H.E.L.P.), a program of Lincoln County School District.
Partnering with the H.E.L.P. Program was a natural fit for the book donation as H.E.L.P. focuses on strengthening homeless families through education. H.E.L.P. staff and volunteers will distribute the books to kids throughout the county at upcoming Read & Feed events. Read & Feeds encourage family literacy while providing a nutritious meal in a safe, warm atmosphere at host sites ranging from churches, schools and community organizations. Parents and community volunteers read to children and, at the end of the night, the kids get to take free books home.
“Allowing our students to pick out a special book to take home is a great way to promote a love of reading,” said Katey Townsend, Homeless Coordinator for the school district.
Dutch Bros. Coffee owners Michael Bojarski and Amanda Fulton were appreciative of their customers’ generosity in donating so many high quality books, and they plan to make the book collection an annual event.
For more information on supporting Read & Feed events, call 541-265-4506 or visit www.lincoln.k12.or.us/dept_programs/help.php