Neighbors collect books for William Walker students

The Central Beaverton Neighborhood Association Committee is sponsoring “Booked for Success” to ensure all students at William Walker Elementary School have their own books of their own at home.

The program runs now through May 1. More than 40 percent of the students at William Walker are from families living below the poverty line, and many students do not have books at home to read.

Booked for Success aims to provide a $5 coupon to each of the more than 500 students at the school to allow them to select a new book that interests them, which they can take home to read for the summer break and keep as a foundation for their personal library.

William Walker Principal Joann Hulquist noted that students tend to lose reading proficiency during summer vacation, and children who have no books of their own at home lose more than those with home libraries.

“We feel so fortunate to be able to offer this valuable resource to our families and are grateful to the NAC and city of Beaverton for their ongoing support,” Hulquist said.

Last year, Central Beaverton neighbors were able to buy each student a book with support from the city’s Neighborhood Matching Grant program and donations from community members.

You can pitch in

There are several ways to support Booked for Success:

  • Drop off new or slightly used books in the donation boxes at Beaverton City Hall, 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive, or Bank of America at Cedar Hills Crossing.

  • Cash donations can be made in cans located at Beaverton Florists, Beaverton Sub Station, Beaverton Pharmacy, Falk Ace Hardware; and the following businesses at Cedar Hills Crossing, A Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Restaurant, BG Pizza, Cold Stone Creamery, MLY Jewelry and Peachwave Frozen Yogurt.

  • Volunteer with the Central Beaverton Neighborhood Association on a variety of tasks related to the program.
  • For more information about Booked for Success, contact Roberta Ulrich, Central Beaverton NAC board member, at 503-626-7791.

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