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The PCEC "1000 X 5" Children's Book Recycling Project is a community literacy initiative whereby free books are provided to families with young children (birth to 5 years) living on the Saanich Peninsula. It is our hope that all young children will have at least 1000 books read to them by the time they are five years-old.

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  1. 1. PCEC “1000 X 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project Daphne Macnaughton, Project Leader dlmvictoria@shaw.ca 25 February 2014
  2. 2. PENINSULA CONNECTIONS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood is a network of individuals and groups whose purposes include building relationships and partnerships between and among people who provide services for young children and their families on the Saanich Peninsula. We work to strengthen our connections and encourage community involvement so that—together—we can achieve the following goals: * * * * raising community awareness about the importance of the early years. promoting the healthy growth and development of all young children. fostering early literacy development and initiatives. supporting parents/guardians with information and resources. pooling resources, interpreting local information, and transforming early childhood development research into advocacy, support, and action within the Peninsula community. We believe... ...strong connections + shared goals + commitment = healthy communities...
  3. 3. PCEC “1000 X 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project This family literacy initiative began in April 2008, the objective being to gather gently used picture books from the community so they might be redistributed as gifts for young children and their families. The "1000 X 5" in our project title refers to our goal of providing access to quality children's books at no cost, and our hope that all children on the Peninsula will have at least 1000 books read to them by the time they are five yearsold. Why are we doing this work? Literacy affects everyone. The consequences of illiteracy profound. Adults with low literacy levels do poorly in the job market; they often require social assistance. They may lack the skills needed to support the healthy development of their children. Reading to young children on a regular basis increases their chances of early success in school. Interventions in later school years are expensive; our project is an investment in prevention. Experience with books promotes children's language and literacy development. Stories and non-fiction reading materials engage children and offer opportunities for them to explore previously unimagined worlds. Book time with children is a time when we give them our full attention. Doing so confirms they are valued and provides opportunities to bond with trusted adults. Books are expensive. Some families cannot afford to buy books for their children and (for a variety of reasons) they may not be able to access books through public libraries.
  4. 4. Free Books for Children and Their Families! At all PCEC-sponsored events, books are given to families with young children (birth to five years-old).
  5. 5. Saanich District schools and the Peninsula Co-op Food Centre serve as collection sites. Books are delivered to the Saanichton Individual Learning Centre, where they are screened for suitability, cleaned, and sorted.
  6. 6. Tallies of “just-right” books are maintained weekly. Since April 2008, we have collected over 75 000 books for redistribution across the Saanich Peninsula.
  7. 7. Volunteers add a PCEC “1000 X 5” label to each book. Labels reinforce the importance of reading to young children, identify the project, and acknowledge our sponsors.
  8. 8. Red bags… The gift bags for babies and toddlers contain cloth or board books. There are two books in each bag. The books are singleconcept books with very little text or nursery rhymes and lullabies that can be read and re-read.
  9. 9. Green bags… Green gift bags are given to children in the three- to four-year age range. The books in these bags are simple stories, or nonfiction (including alphabet and counting books). We hope that favourite books will become part of the families’ home libraries or recycled back for others to enjoy.
  10. 10. Blue bags… Blue gift bags are given to children of Kindergarten age—five to six years-old. In each bag, there is a mix of three hard and softcovered books, usually two are fiction and one nonfiction. The books in these bags have more text; some are collections of stories by familiar authors or classic folk and fairy tales.
  11. 11. Volunteers… Some of the “1000 X 5” Project volunteers are retired educators and/or members of PCEC. Some are people from our community. Two are young women from the Garth Homer Society who assist by putting safety warning labels on bags and printing tags. All are people who participate in our weekly “Book-bagging Bees” whenever they can. Together, we have a lot of fun and take pride in knowing we serve about 300 different families each month.
  12. 12. Volunteers form “assembly lines”… … to package, tie, and tag the bags of books so each looks like a GIFT.
  13. 13. Gift bags are ready for delivery… PCEC “1000 X 5” Project gift bags are distributed across four municipalities—through three Strong Start Centres, Saanich District Kindergarten classes, and 14 family serving agencies.
  14. 14. On a rotating basis, gift bags of books are given to support: • • • Strong Start Centres at Sidney, Lochside, and Brentwood Elementary schools Saanich School District Kindergarten classes the following family-serving agencies: • Sidney Lions’ Food Bank • Beacon Community Services (Mother Goose) • Jeneece Place • Min. for Child & Family Development/Saanichton • NIL/TU,O Child and Family Services • Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood (PCEC) • Peninsula Co-op Food Centre • Peninsula Health Unit Public Health Nurses • PHU Infant Development (QA Outreach) • Saanich School District Board Office • Salt Spring Island Family Place • Sidney/North Saanich and Brentwood Libraries • TSAWOUT Aboriginal Head Start Program • Teen Education and Mothers (TEAM) Programs
  15. 15. Maintaining the flow of books… Regular up-dates are circulated to help sustain momentum for book recycling and donations. Letters of thanks are sent to donors, service clubs, and individuals who help sustain our work. Since 2008, a "Comments Bank" has been compiled to record anecdotal feedback and encouragement. In May/June and September of 2012, a more formal survey of participants was conducted to determine the scope and impact of the PCEC "1000 X 5" Children's Book Recycling Project. In January and February of 2014, a short survey form was included in most bags. Responses continue to be compiled.
  16. 16. Some selected comments… from a project volunteer... I think the most important benefit is the immediate availability of appropriate books for children and their caregivers through our many outlets. Our colourful bags are now a recognizable “brand” in the community. When families are given books, the likelihood of the parent reading and interacting with their child is far greater. We know that young children who have been read to are more likely to develop a love of books and reading. from a school principal... I know how important it is that children are exposed to enjoyable experiences with print in their early years. I also know that some parents don’t have the means and/or may not realize the importance of these early reading experiences. The “1000 X 5” Project helps increase awareness and provides the “resources” for those early experiences with literature, which are so critical to the children’s future success… and love of books! from a Strong Start facilitator... A gift of books, how wonderful! Parents are asking what “1000 X 5” really means! Parents are giving back to this program—asking, “Where can I donate books?” Taking the time to sit and give their total attention to the child while they are reading—saying, “This is important. You are important.” from a public health nurse... This program allows public health nurses to speak to the importance of reading and connecting with children through reading. Sometimes, I visit homes where there is poverty, uncertainty, and difficult life situations. By bringing a bag of books, there is a focus on something positive. It is a lovely gift to a family, on a material level and also on an experiential level. Parents want the best for their children. It is refreshing to be able to share books, rather than merely giving our some sort of handout on the importance of reading. from District-based contacts... Families are thankful for the books and they are packaged with such care. It encourages families to consider recycling books. Families look forward to receiving books and are grateful for the opportunity to keep them or pass them on. The PCEC “1000 X 5” Project is an essential program that supports many families across the Peninsula and within the First Nations communities. from a representative of a family-serving agency... We work with young parents who sometimes lack funds or knowledge on the importance of reading to their children. Now, when books arrive, I think the young mothers are just as excited as the children to receive them! They often open the books before they leave and sit to read them to their children. from First Nations contacts... The distribution of books to the Head Start children (0 – 5 years-old) has allowed opportunities to give books 2 to 3 times a year when we meet parents at workshops, Christmas, baby celebrations, and Head Start programs. At our Christmas celebration, books were given to the younger children and the older youth asked if they could take books home to read to their younger siblings. I thought this was a good indication that they were taking the time to read. As soon as books are delivered, children begin looking through the books for ones they want to keep. They have learned these are “Their Books.” The books have been wonderful gifts to our families. from parent recipients... Some of my children’s favourite books have come from PCEC packages. Diversity of reading material is increased. [It’s] fun to read, learn new things. We are so thankful for this program. We have received books that we didn’t even know existed. We keep some in the car and some in the house. This is such a valuable project to us as our family is considered to be “low income.” We have so little money to spend on our daughter and any help with obtaining educational materials for our daughter is so appreciated.
  17. 17. Books for Babies Kits… Funding from the United Way of Greater Victoria, Success by 6 (South Vancouver Island) and the Victoria Foundation in 2011/2012 enabled us to solidify our connections with public health nurses, the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) and the Vancouver Island Regional Library to establish a pilot "Books for Babies" project in Sidney/North Saanich. Over 100 packages have been distributed. Each contains: • two books for the mother--Read to Your Bunny and Babies Love Books: A Guide for Grown-Ups. • a board book for babies and a CD and book, Up! Up! Up! for toddlers. • a "Read to Me" bib. • a bookmark for the PCEC website and "Peninsula Family Resource" directory, brochures about the PCEC "1000 X 5" Project and Beacon Community "Services for Children,' as well as VIRL and GVPL services and the PCEC Peninsula Parks & Play Spaces Community Green Map. The net cost of each package is $20; the worth of each is considerably more!
  18. 18. PCEC “1000 X 5” Project Sponsors and Supporters… We are grateful for the ongoing sponsorship of Beacon Community Services and the in-kind support of School District No. 63 (Saanich) that helps to make our work possible, as do grants from: • Success by 6 , South Vancouver Island–-2008, 2009, 2010, and 2913 • Saanich Community Literacy Plan Implementation Fund--2010 • United Way of Greater Victoria (through Success by 6)—2011 • Times-Colonist “Raise-a-Reader” Foundation—2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 • Victoria Foundation—2011/2012 and 2014 • In addition, the following service clubs and individuals have made financial donations: • • • • • • • • • • • Confederation of Parents’ Advisory Councils of Saanich (COPACS)--20008 Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW, Peninsula Chapter)—ongoing Esquimalt Kiwanis Club--2008 Royal Oak (Centennial) Rotarians—2009 Rotary Literacy Roundtable—Royal Oak, Sidney, and Brentwood Clubs—2012, 2013, 2014 Ian and Gloria Back Fund—2011, 2012, and 2013 Knights of Pythias, Sidney Lodge—2012 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention—2012 Anonymous donor--2012 Sydney Kalef Dance Class—2013 Members of Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood--ongoing • Beacon Books in Sidney and their patrons who transfer their book credits to support our work • ORCA Book Publishers for the thousands of new books donated in 2013 and 2014.
  19. 19. In the CRD, there are two other “1000 X 5” Projects Victoria “1000 X 5” Project Westshore “1000 X 5” (established January 2011) (established September 2012) School District No. 61 (Greater Victoria) Sponsor: Saanich Neighbourhood House School District No. 62 (Sooke) Sponsor: Pacific Centre Family Services Project Leader: Eileen Eby eileeneby@shaw.ca Project Leader: Denise Brown leahybrown@shaw.ca This project serves about 1000 different children and families each month. This project serves about 250 different children and families each month.
  20. 20. Reading… First it gets them to sleep. Then, it helps them realize their dreams. ~ Canadian National Literacy Campaign