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Title: Bess Great American Book Drive


1
Bess Great American Book Drive
  • Jennifer Pierce
  • Founder, CEO

www.bessthebookbus.org
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The journey is more than its destinations.
  • Bess Great American Book Drive is a
    coast-to-coast literacy outreach. We will travel
    from Florida to the California and back reading
    to kids and giving away books at First Book
    recipient sites during out of school times. It
    will take 65 days, 2 people (myself and my sister
    who was my first volunteer), 1 van wrapped to
    look like a bus and sporting the sponsors logos,
    and 5,000 books. We will depart Florida and make
    our way to BEA, making stops as we go. We will
    visit school based and non-school sites. Then,
    BEA! 4 days in LA, some inner-city outreach, and
    back on the road. We will take an alternate route
    back, visiting more sites, impacting at least 25
    sites and 2,500 kids.  

www.bessthebookbus.org
3
Bess is traveling to 24 states in 65 days
delivering 1,000s of books to children and their
families. Click here for fun facts on any state!
4
The Need to Read
  • Reading aloud to children is the single most
    effective practice for enhancing emerging
    literacy skills. Future leaders cannot be
    inspired without the help of great books and
    enthusiastic mentors to nurture their interests.
  • Approximately 80 percent of the achievement gap
    between economically
  • privileged and less advantaged students occurs
    in the summer months.
  • The U.S. Department of Education recently
    concluded that nearly two thirds of the
    low-income families they studied owned no books
    for their children.

www.bessthebookbus.org
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Travels Through the PagesCelebrating Our
Beautiful Country With Books
www.bessthebookbus.org
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Hip-hip hooray! Today is the day that Bess starts
her journey to places far, far away! Each place
will be different. Each face will be new. Wait,
something is missing. Oh, my. Its you! So please
wont you join us? Come right along. The kids are
all waiting. How could we go wrong?
www.bessthebookbus.org
7
We knew you would love it! Climb on in. Buckle
up. Turn the key. Just wait till you see all of
the books we will read.
www.bessthebookbus.org
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Well share fabulous stories, and then you will
see- I am like you and you are like me. Well
laugh and well cry. Well scream and well
shout. Well explore cover- to cover. Thats
what life is about.
www.bessthebookbus.org
9
While reading our books well go to new places.
Well meet lots of new friends with bright
smiling faces.
www.bessthebookbus.org
10
Well all get new books. Two for me. Two for you.
Books filled with places to go, and cool things
to do!
www.bessthebookbus.org
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Now lets not forget our friends back at home,
patiently waiting for a book of their own. Kids,
check the mail. There are books from each state,
and letters from friends that we made on the way!
Do you have an idea or a question for Bess? Check
the Page Pals link on our website, and see what
she says!
www.bessthebookbus.org
www.bessthebookbus.org
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All the Facts
  • Founded in 2004, Bess the Book Bus (BBB) is a
    mobile literacy outreach program dedicated to
    getting books into the homes of underserved
    children and families. BBB is a year-round,
    ongoing outreach focused on Title I schools and
    underserved populations in Hillsborough County
    and rural surrounding communities. Bess travels
    to schools, community centers, shelters,
    after-school programs and summer programs
    distributing free books and reading to her
    friends.
  • Bess has distributed nearly 100,000 books and
    served over 6,000 families in just under three
    years.
  • Readings are interactive read -alouds that
    often integrate music and props.
  • In 2005, Bess was recognized as a Bay News 9
    Every Day Hero, featured on Fox News's
    Whats Right With Tampa Bay and awarded
    Community Volunteer of the Year by the Lanier
    Head Start Program. In 2006, Bess received
    Community Volunteer of the Year from three
    additional Head Start programs.
  • Bess also has been recognized and funded by the
    Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
    She has also been featured in many stories on
    local Fox, NBC and CBS television affiliates plus
    articles in The St. Petersburg Times and The
    Tampa Tribune.
  • 5013(c) Tax ID number 510518142

www.bessthebookbus.org
13
Become a partner and help Bess complete her
journey
  • Great American Book Drive Project Budget

Donations are accepted either in dollars or
in-kind
www.bessthebookbus.org
14
Support Bess at Home
  • Annual Budget Local Outreach

Donations are accepted either in dollars or in
kind
www.bessthebookbus.org
15
Community Response
  • http//bessthebookbus.org/buzz.php
  • http//centraltampa2.tbo.com/content/2007/jun/16/s
    t-spreading-the-word/?news

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Bess Big Friends at Home
  • http//bessthebookbus.org/sponsors.php

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References
  • http//www.ed.gov/index.jhtml
  • www.firstbook.org
  • References

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