Rolfe Middle School partners with Children’s Museum of Richmond, collecting books for Book Bank

Rolfe Middle School is still collecting books for their children’s book drive in partnership with The Children’s Museum of Richmond Book Bank. All books should be new or gently used and should be appropriate for ages 0-13.

The Children’s Book Bank exists to put as many books as possible into the hands and lives of children in need. By providing opportunities for children to read and be read to, the Children’s Book Bank is an important tool in improving school readiness for prekindergarten-aged children and enhancing literacy in school-aged children.

An important study shows the most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is a staggering 1 (age appropriate) book for every 300 children.

All staff, students, parents and community members are invited to donate books. Collection began on Monday, November 12, and will continue through Wednesday, November 21. Books can be dropped of during school hours from 8:35 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road, in Henrico, VA.

Collection bins will be placed in the crosswalk areas of each grade level and in the front office. The Book Bank does not accept encyclopedias, school textbooks, books for adult readers, magazines, VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs or toys. Books may not be musty, damaged or written-in.

For more information about how you can contribute to the Children’s Book Bank, please contact the Children’s Museum of Richmond at 804-474-7000.