Group holding book drive for underprivileged kids

Posted By: Rachael Miner

Books fill the shelves of classrooms at Community Action Partnership’s Head Start program in Lincoln.

The center, located on O Street, is a place where families living at or below the poverty line can access educational resources so their children aren’t behind when they start school.

"We have a center based option where kids actually go to school and they receive education in a typical center and then we have a home based option where we actually take the learning to families in their homes," said Heather Loughman of Community Action Partnership.

Head Start is one of the programs Community Action Partnership provides free of charge.

It helps over 400 children annually ranging in age from newborns to five-years-old.

The program provides books both in the classroom for students, but also for families they visit at their homes.

Now they’re asking for your help replenishing their book shelves.

"As you can imagine a lot of the books we have currently are very well loved by kids so we are definitely looking at wanting to restock that supply and bring new stories to children," said Loughman.

They’re requesting childrens books by Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, and others.

They’re also asking for books babies and toddlers can touch and feel.

They say giving a child a book is the best gift of all.

"You can just see their eyes light up you can see the big smiles on their faces and you can see the importance of what this story what the opportunity to have access to that story means to them," Loughman said.

You can see the full list of book the group is requesting by clicking here

You can drop off new or gently used books at Community Action Partnership office at 210 O Street or at Indigo Bridge Books, A Novel Idea Bookstore, Francie & Finch Bookshop, and all Hair Masters locations.