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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*.

Thank you Houston and Jonathan!

Santa Claus didn’t skip Chesapeake’s Kids this year, working directly through elves Houston Guettner and Jonathan Goldstein.  Houston, of Kingston, Tennessee, heard about our Music Project and decided to donate one of his violins to our cause.  He took the violin to Jonathan Goldstein, a luthier and owner of The …

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National Honor Society Helpers

We are always happy to have help from the community, such as the three teenagers that spent Saturday afternoon and evening working for Chesapeake’s Kids.  Duncan, Avery and Lexie (not pictured) are future members of the National Honor Society at Hickory High School and chose to meet their service-hour requirement serving …

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Thank You Great Bridge Middle FCCLA!

A huge shout-out to the FCCLA club of Great Bridge Middle for their support of Chesapeake’s Kids this past year.  The FCCLA club, led by teacher Cindy Mansfield, raised money during the school year by selling candy and other treats.  A portion of this money was used to purchase over …

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Almost 2,000 Books Distributed to Georgetown Primary

Our most recent book fair at Georgetown Primary was a huge success with almost 2,000 books distributed to the teachers and staff!  We loved the students and staff and they loved the books that have been so generously donated to Chesapeake’s Kids. Special thanks goes out to Jesse Stalnaker and …

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UVA Students Staff Book Fair at Rena B. Wright

Eight students from the University of Virginia recently spent two days helping Chesapeake’s Kids. What a delight to work with these great kids who are spending their spring break helping others! We received a delightful thank-you card from the team with the following message: “Thank you so much for giving …

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Thank You, Brenna!

What happens when a middle-schooler with a voracious appetite for reading realizes there are children in her city that don’t have books of their own?  An avalanche of books for Chesapeake’s Kids, that’s what! Gayle Walch heard about our book project in her Sunday School class at Great Bridge United Methodist …

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Thank you Kellie, Tracy and Fauquier County!

Since we started Chesapeake’s Kids, we have been constantly amazed at the generosity of the people of Chesapeake.  However, recently, we have been made aware of two angels working on our behalf all the way up in Northern Virginia! Tracy and Kellie Rice live in Warrenton, Virginia.  After hearing of Chesapeake’s Kids from a friend …

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