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Kumon Students Collect Books for Charity.

Donate a Book; Help a Child

TEANECK, N.J. -- Across the country, thousands of Kumon Math and Reading Center students are collecting new and gently-used children's books for schools and non-profit children's organizations in honor As a verb, to accept a bill of exchange, or to pay a note, check, or accepted bill, at maturity. To pay or to accept and pay, or, where a credit so engages, to purchase or discount a draft complying with the terms of the draft.  of National Book Month. The public is welcome to join the book drive by donating books to the 115 participating centers throughout October.

The need is great. In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13 to one, while in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children.

"The ability to read is an essential life skill," says Dr. Mary Mokris, education specialist for Kumon. "Access to books is critical to helping children learn to read and for continuing their development by reading to learn. More than 80 percent of preschools and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their students."

Families who donate books will receive a copy of Kumon's Recommended Reading List in appreciation of their contribution. The list contains hundreds of titles designed to help parents select books that enhance their children's appreciation and understanding of the English language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations.  and develop a lifelong love for reading. At least a third of the books on the Recommended Reading List have won literary awards such as the Newbery, Pulitzer Prize Pulitzer Prize

Any of a series of annual prizes awarded by Columbia University for outstanding public service and achievement in American journalism, letters, and music. Fellowships are also awarded.
, Caldecott and the National Book Awards, presented by the National Book Foundation. Kumon will also donate a complete set of 280 books from Kumon's Recommended Reading List to the Homes for the Homeless Homes for the Homeless is an organization which provides housing and employment trainining for homeless people in New York City. It was founded in 1986 through a collaboration with Leonard N. Stern, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and the city of New York.  organization in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
.

"At Kumon, we believe all students have the ability to achieve their full potential," said Dr. Mokris. "By helping children develop strong reading skills, an interest in reading daily, we can help them to become life-long learners."

Kumon Centers will donate books to 60 charities and local schools such as: Homes for the Homeless, Better World Books, Head Start, Boys & Girls Club Girls Club is a 2002 American television series created by David E. Kelley, who was also it's producer and executive producer. Only two out of a total of thirteen episodes created were broadcast on Fox Television in the United States and Global Television in Canada. , Dream House for Kids, The Pajama Program, Access Books, Spread the Word Nevada-Kids to Kids, Harmony House, Project Night-Night, Read Aloud Virginia Virginia, state, United States
Virginia, state of the south-central United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), North Carolina and Tennessee (S), Kentucky and West Virginia (W), and Maryland and the District of Columbia (N and NE).
, 826 Boston and United Way.

For more information about Kumon or to find a center near you, contact www.kumon.com or call 800-ABC-MATH.

About Kumon Math and Reading Centers

Kumon [Koo-mon] is an after-school math and reading program. The learning method uses a systematic individualized in·di·vid·u·al·ize  
tr.v. in·di·vid·u·al·ized, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·ing, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·es
1. To give individuality to.

2. To consider or treat individually; particularize.

3.
 approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 Kumon Centers in 46 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide.
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