News release from Laguna Beach Unified School District:
Do your children read for adventure, read to learn or just read for fun? The LBUSD School Readiness Program and the Children & Families Commission of Orange County’s (CFCOC) and the Think Together Early Literacy Program, (TTELP) are helping preschool children discover the magical world of reading by collecting gently used book donations for the Bee A Luv Book Drive, which runs from February 1-14.
Julie Olsen, LBUSD Early Learning Specialist, explains the importance of reading to children. "Reading to children every day develops the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school.”
Director of Special Education/Student Services Irene White continues, “Most parents know that it is important to read to children every day, but they are unaware of the newest discoveries in neuroscience showing that reading aloud actually stimulates the growth of a baby's brain. Research completed in the past few years is giving educators a whole new understanding of how the brain develops and the crucial role of early language experiences, including reading.
"'Reading aloud to children is the single most important intervention for developing their literacy skills,’ according to a 1985 study by the National Commission on Reading.”
Last year, and donated more than 1000 books to the drive and more than 2000 books were collected in all. Ms. Olsen is hoping this year will be another success and hopes to collect, clean, and redistribute 1000 infant, toddler, and preschool books during the Bee A Luv Book Drive. Every book will be cleaned and repaired and the books are distributed to Orange County families. LBUSD is providing the cleaning supplies and Laguna High School students are volunteering to help clean books.
Book drop off locations:
- School Readiness Office located at the
- El Morro Elementary School
- Top of the World Elementary School
In addition to Ms. Olsen, the LBUSD School Readiness Team includes School Readiness Nurse Kathleen Knott, School Psychologist Grace Jones, and Behavior Specialist Luisa Martinez.