Group donates books to Lenawee Great Start’s free book program

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To the Editor,

The MOMS Club of Tecumseh, recently purchased 100 new books and donated them to the Lenawee Great Start Free Book Basket program. The Free Book Baskets are found at 11 locations in the Adrian area. These books are completely free and a child may select one and take it home to keep. The goal of these baskets is to ensure that all children in Lenawee County are exposed to books as research shows that the more a child can interact with a book and be read to, the more prepared they are for school. We have a wonderful partnership with Goodwill in which they allow us to come once a month and sort through their children’s books. Many of these books are hardly used. Along with the Goodwill LINC program we clean the books, label them, put them in baskets and refill our 11 locations. Currently, these baskets can be found at the following locations: Community Action Agency, Lenawee Prep Academy, Associated Charities, Department of Human Services, Health Department, Community Mental Health, Herrick Hospital Emergency Waiting Room, and Bixby Hospital Registration Waiting Room, Trenton Hills Learning Center, FabriCare Express Laundry and the Porter Center.

Great Start is always taking donations of gently used children’s books that range from board books, picture books, to easy-to-read beginner chapter books. Anyone interested in donating can contact Lenawee Great Start at 265.1656 for more information.

Great Start is a state-wide initiative with the vision that all children will start school healthy, safe and ready to succeed.

During the early years, children develop rapidly and their experiences shape learning and behavior patterns that will last a lifetime. Because of this, a collaborative of Lenawee community leaders, educators, health care professionals, child care providers, parents, service providers, policymakers, and local business men and women are working together to ensure support for all families and children for a “great start.” Investing in the earliest years is smart policy — the children starting school ready to learn today become the productive community members of tomorrow.

Suzi West

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