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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*.

Thanks, Anonymous!

Another 50 high-quality children’s books were donated to us on Saturday.  This savvy shopper said she got the books at a local thrift store.  These books, ranging from Captain Underpants to Harry Potter, will be put to use in our Camelot Elementary Book Blitz, planned for the last week of …

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Have Some Unused Sports Equipment Lying Around? Donate it to Chesapeake’s Kids!

We are looking for gently used playground equipment and accessories.  If you have an unusued basketball, football or other type of ball appropriate for the playground OR if you have any gently used sports equipment (baseball gloves, wrestling shoes, etc.), please let us know.  We will put these items in …

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The Wrestling Shoes

The short, inspirational story below was originally published in the December 14, 1982 issue of Woman’s Day magazine. This moving story inspired the creation of The White Envelope Project, a caring nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of givers, civic leaders, and philanthropists. May this inspirational story remind us …

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Words to remember

It is easy, in trying to do a work for God, to rely on human abilities and devices, but these will fail, for the battle is the Lord’s. When the battle is going well, we must not boast, for the battle is the Lord’s. When the battle is going hard, …

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