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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!

—GIVEAWAY!—

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!

Prizes:

  • 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 http://ow.ly/3ZCuf #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. crystle tellerday says:

    the little mermaid

  2. Sunshyn V says:

    My all time favorite book for children is “A Wrinkle in Time”

  3. Nora Scott-Platt says:

    Mine is the book Corduroy by Don Freeman

  4. Nora Scott-Platt says:

    I liked Reach out and Read on facebook

  5. Monique Rizzo says:

    Mine is Miss Suzy,
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

  6. Heather S says:

    The Little Engine that Could

  7. Courtney S says:

    My fave book for kids is Danny & the Dinosaur.

  8. AB Smith says:

    we like a book called “yoo-hoo moon”

  9. AB Smith says:

    “Liked” Naturally Educational and The UPS Store on facebook – 2kidsblogger

  10. AB Smith says:

    “Liked” Reach Out and Read on facebook – 2kidsblogger

  11. Tina M says:

    Farm!!

  12. Tina M says:

    follow Naturally Educational and The UPS Store on facebook

  13. Leanne Valeriano says:

    The Rainbow Fish was my favorite children’s book to read to my nephew.

  14. Tina M says:

    liked Reach Out and Read on facebook

  15. Suzanne K says:

    Jamberries is one of my all time favorite little ones books!

  16. Cathy says:

    My favorite children’s book is Olivia and the Missing Toy. It’s the one I don’t get tired of reading over and over and over … Thank you for the giveaway!

  17. Joy F says:

    Sleeping Beauty has always been my favorite.

  18. Erin M. says:

    Mary Englebright Illustrated a wonderful story called “The Snow Queen.” It’s a longer children’s story full of love & adventure!

  19. Erin M. says:

    I LIKE both Naturally Educational and the UPS store on Facebook (Erin Mize)

  20. Erin M. says:

    I LIKE Reach out and Read on Facebook (Erin Mize)

  21. Mike says:

    My favorite is The Monster at the End of this Book. Thanks!

  22. Cynthia C says:

    My favorite is Strega Nona.

  23. Cynthia C says:

    Like both Naturally Educational and the UPS store on Facebook (Cynthia Conley)

  24. Cynthia C says:

    Like Reach Out and Read on fb (Cynthia Conley)

  25. Knie says:

    The Little Prince is definitely the best children’s book! Although adults are hardly excluded..

  26. Kate says:

    My favorite book for kids 0-5 has always been The Monster At The End of This Book tied with The Pigeon Wants a Puppy.

  27. Mnemosyne says:

    I love “Are You My Mother?”.

  28. Mnemosyne says:

    I “Like” Naturally Educational and The UPS Store on facebook as Mnemosyne Williams

  29. Mnemosyne says:

    I like Reach Out and Read on fb as Mnemosyne Williams

  30. Ellen Lapaglia says:

    My favorite book for kids 0-5 is Dr Seuss’s The Foot Book.

    pagsellen69 at hotmail dot com

  31. Kendra G says:

    that is a hard one–Dr seuss was a fave here and goodnight moon, thanks for the giveaway

  32. Ellen Lapaglia says:

    I “like” Naturally Educational and the UPS Store on FB.

    pagsellen69 at hotmail dot com

  33. Selene says:

    My favorite is “The Little Engine That Could”.

  34. AuraR says:

    The Cat in the Hat

  35. Scott Martin says:

    Our favorite book is the Giving Tree
    THANKS!!! for the AWESOME!!! GIVEAWAY!!!

    Scott Martin
    spmartin122@gmail.com

  36. Anne says:

    I like There’s a Nightmare Under My bed

  37. Anne says:

    I am a facebook fan (Anne Jolly) of you and UPS store

  38. Anne says:

    I am a facebook fan (Anne Jolly) of reach out and read

  39. Ellen Lapaglia says:

    I “like” Reach Out and Read on FB.

    pagsellen69 at hotmail dot com

  40. Ellen Lapaglia says:

    I tweeted this giveaway.

    http://twitter.com/#!/pagsellen/status/39883970464190464

    pagsellen69 at hotmail dot com

  41. Melissa says:

    I’ve always loved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

  42. wcc says:

    My favorite Children’s Book is Corduroy. Thanks for the chance! :)

  43. wcc says:

    I like both on Facebook (username: Les Cerises).

  44. wcc says:

    I like Reach Out and Read on Facebook (username: Les Cerises).