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updated: 1/23/2015 4:11 PM

Group that gives books to at-risk kids gets big donation from Goddard School

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  • Video: 25,000 books donated

  • Neelah Johnson, 5, of Round Lake puts stickers on books Friday as kindergartners from The Goddard School in Round Lake participate in community service at Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Forest.

      Neelah Johnson, 5, of Round Lake puts stickers on books Friday as kindergartners from The Goddard School in Round Lake participate in community service at Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Forest.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Kindergartners from The Goddard School in Round Lake listen intently as they watch a video showing how Bernie's Book Bank distributes new and gently used books Friday during a volunteer day in Lake Forest.

      Kindergartners from The Goddard School in Round Lake listen intently as they watch a video showing how Bernie's Book Bank distributes new and gently used books Friday during a volunteer day in Lake Forest.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • John Burnett, right, owner of the Round Lake Goddard School, and teacher Robin Gast, help their kindergartners put stickers on books Friday as they volunteer at Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Forest.

      John Burnett, right, owner of the Round Lake Goddard School, and teacher Robin Gast, help their kindergartners put stickers on books Friday as they volunteer at Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Forest.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 

By Steve Lundy

slundy@dailyherald.com

The Goddard School donated 25,000 new and gently used books to Bernie's Book Bank in Lake Forest on Friday to coincide with National Reading Day.

Kindergartners from the Round Lake Goddard School were on hand to put stickers on books as they spent the morning volunteering. The Round Lake school collected more than 2,000 books.

"They are here volunteering to see first hand where their books went and to gain personal knowledge of how important service is," said Jill Rosenberg, director of communications for Bernie's Book Bank.

The 18 Chicago-area Goddard schools held book drives during the last two years with the intent of donating them to Bernie's Book Bank.

"Book collections like this and drives are the lifeblood of our source for books," Rosenberg said.

Since 2009, Bernie's Book Bank has distributed 3.3 million books to at-risk children across the Chicago region.

To learn more about Bernie's Book Bank visit: http://www.berniesbookbank.org/

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