Books for Our Fran Cohen Youth Center Kids

On Friday, May 11, 2018, Latchkey League President Betty A. Bailey and Books for Collier Kids board members Nora Kolmer and Mary Polizzoto worked together to have 300 books delivered to The Salvation Army Fran Cohen Youth Center’s Summer Children’s Camp which starts June 4, 2018.

Latchkey Board members Judy Tedder (1st Vice President) and Bob Young (2nd Vice President) accepted the books on behalf of Latchkey League. Books were then sorted and presented to the Youth Center.

The mission of the Latchkey League, Inc., founded by Myra Janco Daniels, is to support and provide educational, cultural and recreational services to children in the greater Naples area who are in need of after-school supervision and activities, and to promote educational development for their future. For further information, visit www.LatchkeyLeague.org.

Books for Collier Kids (formerly First Book-Collier County) is in its second decade and is dedicated to putting a steady stream of new books into the hands of children living in poverty in our community – books for kids to read and own. Books in the home have proven to be vital to a child’s ability to read and learn.

Books for Collier Kids currently distributes 100,000 books annually to approximately 7,400 disadvantaged Collier County children in pre-K, kindergarten, and first- and second-grade.

Each month Books for Collier Kids will provide additional books for The Salvation Army Fran Cohen Youth Center Book Nook. Latchkey League member Joanne Wyss is one of the founders of this special group. She opened her home for a Latchkey party this past season.


Latchkey League donates Book Nook to Youth Center


Thank you Latchkey League and Books for Collier Kids!

You are encouraging children to become lifelong readers. You are helping them to keep their reading skills up over the long summer break. And you are providing an opportunity for quality family time. You are #DoingTheMostGood in #SWFL.

Benefits of Summer Reading

“More than 30 years ago, Heyns, a New York University sociology professor, spent two years following nearly 3,000 sixth and seventh graders in Atlanta’s public schools. She found that children who read at least six books during the summer maintained or improved their reading skills, while kids who didn’t read any saw their skills slip by as much as an entire grade level.” –By Carole Fiore and Susan Roman

Why reading 30 minutes a day matters.

Why reading 30 minutes a day matters. http://blog.heidisongs.com

If you would like to help build The Salvation Army children’s book library please contact Martin de St. Pierre at 239-210-4013.


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