Saturday, March 6, 2010

Smart Start of Forsyth County - Annual Book Drive

February 22, 2010
Contact: Sarah Deal, Community Education Specialist
Smart Start of Forsyth County, 336-714-4344

Smart Start and Kiwanis Unite for Book Drive

WINSTON-SALEM, NC—Local Kiwanis Clubs and Smart Start of Forsyth County have come together for the fifth year to launch a book drive for children ages birth to five. This year’s Book Drive is in memory Dewey Yarborough, Golden K Kiwanis Club member who passionately supported the Book Drive efforts from the beginning.

The book drive is a campaign designed to generate book donations for Smart Start’s parent resource bags. These bags are given to new parents and contain information that parents need to provide a healthy, happy, and safe beginning for their children. Each bag also contains a new or gently used children’s book. The Kiwanis Clubs in Forsyth County support the drive by donating books on behalf of their speakers and encouraging their members to give to the drive. “Many households with children don’t have a single children’s book,” says Chuck Kraft, executive director of Smart Start of Forsyth County. “It’s important that every child have access to books – the foundation for early learning,” says Kraft.

The book drive officially begins March 1st and ends April 18th. Smart Start hopes to collect 2000 new or gently used preschool books. Books in Spanish and books for infants are especially needed.

Collection sites include the American Red Cross, Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, Clemmons Library, Kernersville Library, Lewisville Library, Goodwill Industries, Kaplan Company, Salem Gymnastics, Smart Start of Forsyth County, St. Paul UMC, The Montessori School of Winston-Salem, the Fulton, Jerry Long, Kernersville, Robinhood Rd. and Winston Lake branches of the YMCA and the YWCA - Gateway. All monetary donations may be sent to Sarah Deal at Smart Start of Forsyth County, 7820 North Point Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

Smart Start is a nonprofit organization that administers programs to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of child care, as well as provide access to health services and necessary family support to the community.

For more information about the drive contact Sarah Deal at 336-714-4344 or

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