AARP book drive starts today

AARP Colorado and Serve Colorado, the governor’s commission on community service, will begin collecting donations today for the second annual “Book on into Reading” book drive.

The drive collects books for elementary school students at Riverside Educational Center at 552 W. Main St., in hopes of getting more local children proficient in reading by the end of third grade.

Books will be collected through Sept. 4 by the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, 360 Grand Ave., and the Fruita Chamber of Commerce, 432 E. Aspen Ave. Books can be dropped off at either of these offices.

People who do not have books to donate but want to participate can check Riverside Educational Center’s wish list of books at Donors can log into their Amazon accounts, click on “wish list,” type in “recwishlist,” and purchase one of the titles on the list.

The books can be shipped to the Grand Junction or Fruita chambers of commerce.

The Book on into Reading program collected more than 500 books last year during its first run, according to Cathy Lasnik, senior program specialist and AARP Create the Good lead.

“We are very excited to be collecting on behalf of the Riverside (Educational) Center and its families, and we hope to surpass last year’s gracious donations,” Lasnik said in a press release.


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