One of our annual school service projects is a New Book Drive for Kate’s Kart. We will be collecting NEW BOOKS now through February 10, in the Middle School Ash Commons and in the Lower School. Book store gift cards and cash donations may be given to Mrs. Bates or Mrs. Hammond in the Middle School. (Only new books may be donated in order to be germ-free for the hospitalized children.)
Kate's Kart is a not-for-profit organization that supplies brand new, free books to hospitalized children, newborn to 18 years, to keep for their enjoyment. The goal is to promote literacy and encourage children, and their families, to read on an ongoing basis.
Kate's Kart was founded in 2008 by the Layman family in memory of their daughter, Katherine Anne Layman (affectionately known to family and friends as "Baby Kate"). Since then, the organization has grown to service 16 area hospitals, plus several pediatric offices. They currently have more than 100 volunteers collecting, counting, sorting, labeling, stocking and distributing books.
Please shop with your student to pick out books for Kate’s Kart. They love to be involved in helping children in need. Books with popular characters, best sellers, current movies and classic read-alouds are the types of books Kate's Kart needs most and are chosen first from the kart.
As of January 31, 2015, Kate's Kart has handed out more than 94,000 books at 16 hospitals by more than 100 volunteers!
Kate's kart expects to give out the 100,000th book sometime in April. They give out between 1,900 to 2,200 books each month.
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