Bank of Arizona teams up with Rachel's Challenge on Book Drive

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by Blanca Esparza-Pap

azfamily.com

Posted on June 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 15 at 4:04 PM

PHOENIX -- 3TV is excited to announce that Bank of Arizona has teamed up with Rachel’s Challenge for their annual book drive benefiting St. Vincent de Paul. From June 13 through July 12 bring your new or gently used books and magazines for kids and adults to any Bank of Arizona location. All donations will go directly to St. Vincent de Paul.

With your help we can start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion in our community.
 
Caring for Kids Book Drive
June 13th – July 12

 
Donate your new or gently used books and magazines at any Bank of Arizona location.
 
Bank of Arizona Locations:
Mesa Riverview, 901 N. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85201, 480-835-3040
Scottsdale Road & Mayo Blvd, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd, Building 22, Phoenix, AZ 85054, 480-991-6966
44th & Camelback, 5050 N. 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-840-5550
Camelback Road & Loop 101, 9545 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85201 623-872-3200

Can’t make it to a Bank of Arizona location? No problem. Host your own book drive at your church, business or in your neighborhood. Email books@bankofarizona.com or call 602-808-5357 to set up your book drive.
 
Children’s books ages 6 months to 12 years of age are preferred as well as books in Spanish but books and magazines for all ages will be accepted.
 
Why?
Literacy is a key to future life success. By giving a child a book, you are doing a small part to get them on the road to reading.
 
In addition to collecting books, Bank of Arizona’s annual campaign focuses on raising awareness of the importance of literacy in our communities. Children need to learn to read so they will be literate adults, who can work with a team, follow safety instructions, keep themselves and their families healthy, and be active in their local communities by being educated about issues and voting.
 
Current statistics on literacy in the U.S. include (as of Oct. 2010):
  • In the U.S., 30 million people over age 16 — 14 percent of the country’s adult population — don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application.
  • More than 60 percent of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.
  • Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment

What is Rachel’s Challenge?
Rachel’s Challenge is a nation-wide anti-bullying, pro-kindness campaign based on the life of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim in the 1999 Columbine shootings. Rachel believed that one person’s small act of kindness could start a chain reaction of compassion and caring in our world. Look for Rachel’s Challenge coming to a school near you in fall 2011. Learn more

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