Through its direct sales division Usborne Books and More, children's publisher Educational Development Corporation is collaborating with the Reading Council of Southern New Jersey to host a series of LITERACY events designed to generate FREE BOOKS for the many shore schools whose libraries and books have been damaged due to Hurricane Sandy.
Michelle Nelson-Schmidt will visit local schools not impacted by the storm to speak with children and sign copies of her books. These schools will donate the FREE BOOKS they earn from their book sales generated by the visits to the shore schools.
Additionally, Usborne Books will match books sales 100% with an equal amount of free books. Along with Ms. Nelson-Schmidt waiving her normal school visit fee she is also donating 300 books of her own to a High Risk/Low Income school district.
Business leaders are invited to lend their support by donating to a fund which will be applied to the "Literacy for a Lifetime Matching Grant Program". Donations are being accepted at www.rcsnj.webs.com or www.RestoreOurShoreSchools.com and checks may be mailed and payable to RCSNJ, PO Box 69, Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059.
In an effort to bring national attention to the plight of the shore school libraries, EDC President and CEO Randall White has extended the 100% matching of book sales offer to any Usborne Books and More Educational Consultant who organizes a fundraiser to benefit shore schools with schools in their own area around the country.
Efforts will culminate at a Community NIght of Celebration with fun family activities, and an inspiritational presentation and book signing by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt. The shore school recipients of the free books will be honored guests at the event scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1st, at Rowan University, Wilson-Boyd Recital Hall from 6:00 - 9:00PM. Contributing businesses and volunteers will also be recognized.
If you know of a shore school that lost or incurred damage to their library of books, please direct them to RestoreOurShoreSchools.com for grant application to be considered for FREE BOOKS.