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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*.

Many Thanks to the United Methodist Women of Great Bridge United Methodist Church!

The United Methodist Women of Great Bridge United Methodist Church made a generous donation to Chesapeake’s Kids that allowed us to purchase book shelves.  Prior to that, we had no place to store the books we were collecting for the book drives.  Thanks to their kindness, we now have three tall …

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Thank You to the Dorsey Family!

A huge thank-you goes out to Peggy and Willie Dorsey of Jacksonville, Florida, formerly of Chesapeake, Virginia.  Prior to their move, Peggy and Willie graciously donated three boxes of children’s books that will be used in our next book distribution.  Thank you for remembering Chesapeake’s Kids!

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We Did It!!

We held our first book fair on Wednesday at Camelot Elementary School.  We brought 1500 books and allowed the 550 students of Camelot Elementary to select two books to take home for summer.  The children were so excited and so appreciative.  We had a few lessons learned (next time, bring …

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My Fourth-Graders and “The Little Prince”

As a substitute in a Title 1 elementary school, I take every opportunity I can find to expose my students to great literary works.  Currently, a fourth grade class I am working in is taking a journey through the pages of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry”s The Little Prince.  Since it is …

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Thank You, GBUMC!

          Great Bridge United Methodist Church made a generous donation to Chesapeake’s Kids that will allow us to purchase a ton of  books AND purchase book labels for 1,000 books.   Thank you for caring about Chesapeake’s Kids!!  

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