Thank you for Stuffing the Bus with 12,500 books!

Thank you for helping local kids Inspire Their Adventure all summer!

The Greater Cleveland community jumped on board again; nearly 45 companies and organizations collected books to help kids read all summer long for the third annual Stuff the Bus with Books campaign. UPS picked up donated books from 40 locations and delivered the books to Nationwide, whose employees volunteered to sort and box all of the books.

Stuff the Bus with Books is part of the national United Way Day of Action. Once again this year, Cleveland Indians fans donated a book to the Stuff the Bus with Books campaign, upon entry as the Indians took on the Chicago White Sox.

We added extra excitement to Stuff the Bus with Books campaign. Our digital campaign “Inspire Their Adventure” was started for individuals who couldn’t physically donate a book, but still wanted to help us address summer learning loss. The digital campaign raised $1,595.00. Donors who made monetary donations had a new book purchased in honor of their name.

Statistics regarding literacy

In summer, approximately half of all students essentially “take a break” from learning and as a result, they lose many skills they learned during the school year. Statistics show that children in middle-income neighborhoods have more books in their home, than children in low-income neighborhoods.

This year we were able to distribute and provide more than 12,500 to 12 CMSD schools, our Club Connect schools, and the Cleveland Public Library. Thanks to you for your generous donation of books, monetary contribution or time. Without you this campaign would not have been possible.

Thank you to all of volunteers, donors, participating organizations, our partners – the Cleveland Indians, Depend, Nationwide, RTA and UPS, and sponsors GE for helping Stuff the Bus with Books!

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