Assistance League® of the Bay Area celebrated its largest ACTION! Week program to date with a total of 13,752 books given to children in need across the Galveston Bay service area. The final event, held at Clear Creek Independent School District’s Learner Support Center in the Assistance League Philanthropic Programs room, celebrated both donors and recipients of the books and the significant impact literacy has on our community at large.
Coinciding with national founder Anne Banning’s birthday on February 25, Assistance League® ACTION! Week is officially celebrated on or near that date each year.
Assistance League of the Bay Area distributed the majority of the books in cooperation with Operation School Bell®, the chapter’s most extensive philanthropic program. Assisteens helped the chapter to distribute books at Clear Lake United Methodist Church’s Trunk or Treat festivities in late October. Additional Sesame Street Workshop books, We Got This, about Lily, a muppet who experiences homelessness, will be placed in the hands of students who relate to Lily’s situation across the school districts the organization serves.
A large donation of over 600 books came to the chapter through Webster’s Barnes & Noble, a result of generous shoppers who purchased these books specifically for the chapter, during the holiday season. These books were presented to the head librarian, Suzy Ferrell, from Clear Creek ISD for distribution to at-risk students.
Pictured left to right: Suzy Ferrell, Clear Creek Independent School District, Sharon Guzzino, Marketing Committee Chairman, Cathy Miller Thornton, Assistance League of the Bay Area, and Sharon Siman, Barnes and Noble – Webster, stand in front of just a few of the 600 books donated to Assistance League for distribution to at-risk students.