by Channel 2 News staff
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A book drive is aiming to stimulate young minds in the Anchorage area.
You can now donate new and gently used children's books at all four Anchorage Fred Meyer locations.
Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, sponsors the drive, along with the early care and education program, Thread.
"The studies all show that when parents read to their kids at an early age it helps the kids do better in school. It actually cuts back on crime; it makes kids more likely to get jobs later on in life. So reading to your kids at a young age is really important," said Wielechowski.
According to Wielechowkski, about 1,500 books have been collected so far.
"It's a great opportunity to get books out to kids whose parents don't have a lot and try to encourage kids to read," said Wielechowski.
Drop-off bins are located near Fred Meyer customer service areas and the drive ends June 30.