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Book Harvest seeks help for 'Big Read'

Have a lot of books lying around?

Help support the Children's Book Harvest, a book drive that aims to put more books in children’s homes.

The new and gently used books — especially nonfiction and Spanish language children’s books — can be dropped off by Friday, Nov. 22, at all New Seasons Market stores, all Rivermark Community Credit Unions, and 29 participating PPS schools.

Superintendent Carole Smith spoke to the importance of early literacy this week when she joined Portland Trail Blazers Chief Executive Officer Chris McGowan and center Robin Lopez at Chief Joseph/Ockley Green K-8 School to announce a new reading community-wide initiative.

“Read Big, Read Together” is a partnership between Reading Results, The Children’s Book Bank, SMART and the Multnomah County Library.

The Blazers' Lopez is an avid reader and comic book fan. Chief Joseph/Ockley Green kindergarten through third graders cheered as he unveiled a life-sized “Read Big” superhero , modeled after him.

One of PPS’ key Milestones is for 100 percent of today’s first graders to be strong readers by the end of third grade.

People can help by reading to children at home, volunteering to read to children at schools or donating a book to the book bank.