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Reach Out and Read at The UPS Store

At the foundation of academic success, lifelong learning, modern communication, and participation in democracy…is literacy.

Reading is a key that opens up entire treasure trove of new experiences, knowledge, and power.

Which is why I am always excited to support and promote proven literacy projects, like Reach Out and Read.  Last year a few moms and I ran a book drive for our local program.  I am thrilled to partner with my local The UPS Store through the Lovin’ Logistics campaign to make this year’s book drive an even bigger success.

At my local Reach Out and Read location, the Elsie Owens North Brookhaven Health Center, children are getting more than just a medical check-up, they are receiving a literacy booster.  With the simple gift of a book and some read-aloud tips for parents from the pediatric staff, children get a head start on the reading skills they will need to succeed in school and beyond.

As part of the evidence-based, non-profit organization, Reach Out and Read, the health center encourages literacy for its young Brookhaven patients enrolled in Medicaid.

When I asked Joel DeGregorio, owner of the Mt. Sinai The UPS Store franchise, if he would participate in a book drive to benefit Reach Out and Read, he agreed immediately.  He also believes in the power of literacy and hosts an annual fundraiser for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.

As part of our book drive, community members can bring three or more new or gently used books to The UPS Store in Mt. Sinai 5507 Nesconset Highway (Route 347) and they will receive a coupon for 20% off a one-time purchase, excluding postage stamps.

When local business leaders support education programs, they get a great return on their investment in our community’s future.  According to Reach Out and Read, economist James J. Heckman found that economic returns on dollars invested in early education are as high as 15-17% per year.

Children who participate in the Reach Out and Read program show measurable gains.  These literacy skills are the key to opening up entire worlds of learning. The support of the community ensures these gains are retained.  When children know we believe in them, they have confidence in themselves.

To celebrate what we hope will be the successful end of the book drive, I will be leading a rainbow story and craft event at the store on March 12.  If you are in the Suffolk County, Long Island, New York area, call The UPS Store (631-331-0560) to reserve a spot—space is limited!

For those of you who are not near enough to attend, you can be sure I will be posting the craft here on Naturally Educational!


To help spread the word about Reach Out and Read, I am including my final giveaway as an ambassador for The UPS Store in this post.

The UPS Store would like my readers to have the opportunity to experience the convenience for themselves. They have given me $250 worth of gift cards to give away!


  • One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive $75 worth of gift cards to The UPS Store
  • Two (2) First Prize Winners will receive $50 worth of gift cards to The UPS Store
  • Three (3) Second Prize Winners will receive $25 worth of gift cards to The UPS Store

To Enter:
You can enter 1-4 times by completing any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Please note, there is no need to leave your e-mail address in the body of the comment.  Just leave it in the e-mail field so no one else but me will see it!

  • Leave a comment on this post letting me know the title of your all-time favorite book for children, 0-5.
  • “Like” Naturally Educational and The UPS Store on facebook and leave a separate comment (just one for “liking” both) to let me know.
  • “Like” Reach Out and Read on facebook and leave a separate comment to let me know.
  • On Twitter, tweet out the following message from a public account (if I can’t see it, I can’t verify): “My favorite kids’ book is [FILL-IN YOUR CHOICE]. Enter 2 win The UPS Store GCs @candaceapril #LovinLogistics.” Make sure to leave a separate comment. Put the URL of your status update as your website in your comment.

Winners will be chosen at random from valid entries. Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST February 28, 2011.

Disclosure: I am writing this post in part as a paid The UPS Store Brand Ambassador and in conjunction with the Lovin’ Logistics campaign at Collective Bias. All opinions stated here are my own and are not affected by compensation.

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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169 Responses to "Reach Out and Read at The UPS Store"

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Kelly Loubet, Candace Lindemann. Candace Lindemann said: Charity Book Drive for local @ReachOutandRead w @TheUPSStore_PR + $250 #giveaway #lovinlogistics […]

  2. Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite is The Rainbow Fish.
    Thanks so much.

  3. Margaret Smith says:

    Like both on Facebook (Margaret E. Smith)
    Thanks again

  4. Margaret Smith says:

    “Like” Reach Out and Read on facebook (Margaret E. Smith)

  5. Ann F says:

    My favorite children’s book is Goodnight Moon.

  6. Adrienne Gordon says:

    One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.

  7. Rebecca Graham says:

    Bambi is my favorite childrens book.

  8. Cee says:

    My all time favorite book is The Little House. We actually have my father’s old copy of the book!

  9. Maureen says:

    I like the book The Nose That Didn’t Fit by Andi Green.

  10. Denise S says:

    My favorite kid’s book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

  11. sandy says:

    goodnight moon

  12. austin says:

    where the wild things are. hope i win

  13. Alex H. (lexigurl) says:

    I love, love, love “The Napping House” by Audrey and Don Wood
    lexigurl_17 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  14. Alex H. (lexigurl) says:

    I like both of you on FB: Alex Herring

  15. Alex H. (lexigurl) says:

    I liked Reach out And Read on FB: Alex Herring

  16. Alissa says:

    I like Reach Out and Read on facebook. captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Amber says:

    The Cat and the Hat is mine!

  18. Amber says:

    I like Naturally Education and The UPS Store on Facebook -my FB name is Amanda Moore

  19. Amber says:

    I like Reach Out and Read on Facebook – my FB name is Amanda Moore

  20. Mark Harrington says:

    I liked Reach Out and Read on FB.

  21. Liz T. says:

    I love the book One Kitten for Kim! Thanks for the chance!

  22. Iliana Blair says:

    Like” Naturally Educational and The UPS Store on facebook

  23. Iliana Blair says:

    “Like” Reach Out and Read on facebook

  24. Iliana Blair says:

    Good Night Moon -favorite children’s book

  25. Holly West says:

    Good Night Moon was always a favorite of my daughter

  26. Holly West says:

    Like Naturally Educational and The UPS Store on Facebook.

  27. Holly West says:

    Like Reach Out and Read on Facebook

  28. Teresa Young says:

    My favorite kids book is Harold & The Purple Crayon

  29. Teresa Young says:

    I like both you & the UPS Store on FB

  30. Teresa Young says:

    I like Reach Out & Read on FB

  31. Elizabeth I says:

    I love Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. However, I love to listen to some one read it for the first time…”chick with bricks come, chicks with blocks come, chicks with bricks and block and clocks come…” This phrase always gets a wee bit messy for a newbie. topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

  32. Elizabeth I says:

    Elizabeth I. likes Naturally Educational and the UPS Store on FB.

  33. marina says:

    I love There’s a Wocket in my Pocket-Dr Seuss

  34. marina says:

    Liked Natural Ednl on FB and the UPS STore as Marina-EBMR

  35. marina says:

    Liked Reach out and read on FB as Marina-EBMR

  36. mistee says:

    The Three Little Pigs is me and my daughter’s fave book.

  37. mistee says:

    Liked NE and the UPS Store on FB (Mistee Dawnw)

  38. mistee says:

    Liked Reach out and Read on FB (Mistee Dawnw)

  39. Elizabeth I says:

    Elizabeth I/Superfrugalette likes Reach Out and Read on Facebook.

  40. Kelly Ann T. says:

    Our family’s favorite children’s book is I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll.

  41. Mary Ann Linder says:

    Green Eggs and Ham

  42. Mary Ann Linder says:

    Like Naturally Educational and UPS on FaceBook

  43. Mary Ann Linder says:

    Like Reach Out and Read on FaceBook