July 26, 1999: Children to benefit from book drive

      July 26, 1999
      Contact: Sue Wallster
      Co-director, Family Focus Program
      (604) 983-7541

      (NORTH VANCOUVER) -- Capilano College and local Starbucks coffee houses have teamed up to help inspire children to read. From Wednesday, August 4 through Tuesday, August 24, Starbucks will be collecting new or used books in good condition as part of an All Books for Children book drive.

      Some of the books collected on the North Shore will be used by children of students enrolled in the government-funded Family Focus program at Capilano College. These students are taking courses in adult basic education, English as a second language, parenting and literacy, to name just a few. Many are single mothers who, through the help of a government subsidy, can place their children in the Capilano College Child Care Centre while they attend classes. The Centre is a designated beneficiary of materials gathered during the book drive.

      "A child’s exposure to books in the pre-school years is a major factor in determining whether a child will learn to read," says Janet MacDonald, a co-director of the Family Focus program at Capilano College and manager of the Child Care Centre. "We are pleased that Starbucks has recognized this need and is working with its customers to promote the love of reading in young children. Every single book we receive will touch a child’s life in this community and can make a significant impact."

      "Literacy has been the cornerstone of Starbucks philanthropic efforts since we started the Starbucks Foundation," says Launi Skinner, Starbucks vice-president for Western Canada. "Reading is a fundamental requirement for success in our society. All Books for Children is a great opportunity for all of us to help the deserving children in our communities."

      In all, more than 15 literacy organizations in western Canada will benefit from the three-year-old program. Over the past two years, All Books for Children has put more than half a million books in the hands of children through local schools and literacy organizations across North America.