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The Book Project


The more you read, the more things you’ll know.  The more you know, the more places you’ll go!  – Dr. Seuss

The purpose of the Book Project is to provide gently-used, quality children’s books to those who might not be able to purchase books on their own.  We hope to have a “Book Blitz” at each Title 1 school or corresponding Community Center in the City of Chesapeake.  Our goal is to allow each child to select two books of their own.

Did You Know?

Children who grow up in homes where books are plentiful go further in school than those who don’t. Children with low-education families can do as well as children with high-education families if they have access to books at home*.
There is a significant economic reading gap for students: only 16 percent of students eligible for “free or reduced lunch” programs are proficient in reading, compared to 42 percent who are not eligible*.
Every school day in America, 3,000 students drop out — the majority of them are poor readers. Students with below grade level reading skills are twice as likely to drop out of school as those who can read on or above grade level*.
Among adults at the lowest level of literacy proficiency, 43% live in poverty. Among adults with strong literacy skills, only 4% live in poverty*.

UVA Alternative Spring Break Students Serve Georgetown Primary

An Alternative Spring Break team from the University of Virginia joined us this week to provide a book fair for the great students and staff at Georgetown Primary.  The team worked nonstop all day, helping over 900 students select their two free books.  The children were delighted their books and …

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Thank you Great Bridge Middle School Consumer Science Classes!

A huge shout-out to the 6th Grade Family and Consumer Science  (FACS) classes of Great Bridge Middle for their support of Chesapeake’s Kids!  The FACS classes, led by teacher Cindy Mansfield,  recently held a book drive, collecting several hundred quality children’s books for our free book fairs for Title 1 …

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UVA Alternative Spring Break Students Serve Chesapeake’s Kids

Eight students from the University of Virginia spent part of their spring break last week working with us at our free book fair at Camelot Elementary. The children and staff at Camelot absolutely loved them and so did we! This is our third year working with the Alternative Spring Break …

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Thanks Great Bridge United Methodist Church Youth!

I had just settled in for a quiet evening of working in the books and look who showed up – some of the great kids at Great Bridge United Methodist Church!  After hearing about the background and mission of Chesapeake’s Kids, the youth sorted, cleaned, labeled and shelved over 2,000 …

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Fleet Reserve Association Unit 40 Supports Chesapeake’s Kids

A huge thank-you goes out to Fleet Reserve Association Unit and Branch 40 for their donation of 240 books to Chesapeake’s Kids!  The Fleet Reserve Association is a 90 year old organization made up of active duty, retirees, and veterans from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Organization’s …

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Kathy’s Lasting Gift

It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Kathy Kosic, a volunteer with Chesapeake’s Kids.  A retired librarian, Kathy began working with Chesapeake’s Kids last year, sharing her love of reading with us and the children in Chesapeake’s Title 1 schools.  Kathy worked with us in cleaning, …

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