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Local Charity Hosts Children's Book Drive

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  • Children at the Early Childhood Development Enrichment Center in Palatine show off some of the books they received last year.

    Children at the Early Childhood Development Enrichment Center in Palatine show off some of the books they received last year.
    Courtesy of Geri McCall-Barrath

 
Submitted by Geri McCall-Barrath

The Woodfield Area Children's Organization (W. A.C.O.) needs your children's books. W.A.C.O.'s second annual "Read to Succeed" children's book drive runs through Saturday, May 14. The charity group encourages everyone to donate new or gently-used books for prekindergarten through eighth grade children.

The books will go to hundreds of needy families in the Northwest suburbs. They will also be used for a summer reading program co-sponsored by Weber Grill and W.A.C.O.

Multiple studies have shown children who own their own books have a much higher chance for success and continued education, than children who don't own some books. And studies have also shown books in the home have an even greater positive impact on low-income children than children from more affluent families.

W.A.C.O.'s goal is to put some books in the hands of these children. But we need your help to do it.

Please drop off new or gently-used children's books at any of the following locations from now through Saturday, May 14:

• Schaumburg: McDonald's, 955 E. Golf Road; Patrick BMW & Mini, 700 E. Golf Road; Patrick Cadillac & Volvo, 526 E. Mall Drive; Patrick Hyundai, 1020 E. Golf Road; Riccardo's, 1170 S. Roselle Road; Schaumburg High School, 1100 W. Schaumburg Road; Village of Schaumburg, 101 Schaumburg Court; and Weber Grill, 1010 N. Meacham Road.

• Rolling Meadows: McDonald's, 1775 Algonquin Road.

• Bloomingdale: Rooster's, 122 W. Lake St.; Walk-In Closet, 107 S. Third St.

For information contact Geri McCall-Barrath, geri031706@gmail.com or (630) 999-1270 or Linda McGill, mcgwilinator@aol.com or (847) 209-5513.

W.A.C.O. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization serving disadvantaged children in the Northwest and Western suburbs since 1979.