Reading Is A TreatA community project that gives free, age-appropriate books to our community’s youth for Halloween instead of candy in an effort to direct the focus away from sugary treats. The goal is to children build a home “Library,” encourage reading at home, and encourages parents to read with their kids. A new book stimulates interest in reading and shows children that their community cares about their future. Literacy is key to success in today’s society and research shows that children who read books enjoy positive academic achievement in school. Reading encourages curiosity, imagination and life-long learning. The foundation is committed to continuously supporting children’s Literacy. Books aren't scary, they are treats for your mind. Feed your imaginations, not your cavities, and read a book!
October 2015On October 31, 2015, we distributed books at our annual Reading is a Treat event! The event was at the Dr Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Library, in collaboration with the San Jose Public Library. The library’s teensReach group organized and provided Halloween themed games, arts & crafts, and face painting for the children, and the Friends of the Alum Rock Library provided healthy snacks. District 5 Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco’s office provided 300 glow in the dark necklaces that were distributed with the books and Mayor Sam Liccardo stopped by to join in the fun! The event was supported by: Alum Rock Educational Foundation, the San Jose Public Library, Youth Connections Foundation, the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District, and District 5 United.
October 2014On October 29, 2014, we distributed over 600 books at our annual Books for Treats event! The event was held at the Dr Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Library, in collaboration with the San Jose Library. The library’s teensReach group organized and provided Halloween themed games, arts & crafts, and face painting for the children, and the library provided healthy snacks. We even had Doc Smiley the clown there to promote dental hygiene and provide toothbrushes. District 5 Councilmember Xavier Campos’ office provided 300 glow in the dark necklaces that were distribute with the books. There were lines of families both inside and outside of the library waiting for their turn to come inside. This hugely successful event was also sponsored by Youth Connections Foundation, the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District, and District 5 United.
October 2013The foundation was proud to have been a sponsor of the inaugural event on October 30, 2013. Over 300 books were distributed at the Alum Rock Youth Center. Other program sponsors included Youth Connections Foundation, District 5 United, and the Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley. Click here for a summary (including photos) of the event.
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