Children at Sunrise Kids Preschool and Child Care enjoy their books following last year's Friends of Moffat County Education book drive and distribution. The second year for the book drive, FMCE needs the community's help to reach their goal of 13,000 books by Saturday.

Courtesy of Michelle Balleck

Children at Sunrise Kids Preschool and Child Care enjoy their books following last year's Friends of Moffat County Education book drive and distribution. The second year for the book drive, FMCE needs the community's help to reach their goal of 13,000 books by Saturday.

Friends of Moffat County Education asking community for help with book drive

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To donate

— Bins are located inside all the elementary schools.

— Books should be gently used and appropriate for children.

— A book drive is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 506 Breeze St. in Craig.

— Monetary donations are accepted as well and can be mailed to Friends of Moffat County Education, P.O. Box 985, Craig.

— For more information, call Amy Peck at 970-824-6078.

— With less than a week to go, Friends of Moffat County Education need the help of the community to meet its goal of supplying every student in preschool through fifth grade with 10 books to take home over the summer.

The group has received 3,000 books so far, leaving them 10,000 books short of the 13,000-book goal. The deadline is Saturday.

Friends of Moffat County Education member Amy Peck said she thinks spring break caused a bit of a hiccup in the donations, as did the fact it’s only the second year of the book drive.

“It was so new last year,” Peck said about the community’s support in 2012. “We need to make sure we don’t lose that excitement.”

Peck said research shows summer reading to be just as effective, if not more so, as summer school attendance. Students who don’t read in the summer lose two to three months of reading development while kids who do read can gain one month of reading proficiency.

Peck said the community is encouraged to donate any child-appropriate, gently used books they may have laying around. Students who still have their 10 books from last year also are encouraged to return those titles, especially ones that weren’t their favorites.

“They were so precious last year,” Peck said. “It was like having their hands in the cookie jar, they were so excited to be able to pick the books out.”

There are drop-off bins in all elementary schools. Book donations will be accepted through Friday. There also will be a drop-off period from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 506 Breeze St. in Craig.

Monetary donations are accepted as well and can be mailed to Friends of Moffat County Education, P.O. Box 985, Craig.

For more information or to schedule a pick-up, call Amy Peck at 970-824-6078.

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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