Some of you may recall that last spring I ran a Q&A blog post with Jennifer Frances, the force behind the fabulous Bess the Book Bus. I was also lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet up in person with Jenn and Bess the Book Bus in Detroit last June (photos here; video here). Bess the Book Bus travels to schools, shelters, and after school programs all across the nation to read stories to kids and to give away books.
VSP Vision Care and Transitions Optical, supporting partners of Bess The Book Bus, are currently running a book drive for Bess The Book Bus along with additional book drives for three communities. They're also trying to get the word out about the importance of eye health to reading and literacy. I was asked if I'd be willing to help spread the word about this iniative, and I said "Sure!" So here's what you might want to know and do:
- If you live in Atlanta, Houston, or Oklahoma City, you can participate directly in book drives in those communities. Three bloggers are coordinating those efforts. They are: Meghan Cooper in Atlanta; Frederick Goodall in Houston; and Kara-Kae in Oklahoma City. For every 3 books collected in the local book drives, VSP will be donating a free eye exam to a child in need.
- If you don't live in those areas, you can still help! VSP has a FaceBook page with an "Eyecare About Reading" tab (you can get to the page even if you don't have a FaceBook account). If you head to that page/tab and promise to take care of your eyes, VSP will donate a book to Bess the Book Bus.
The book drive and eye care campaign will be running now through late August, so over the next few weeks I'll provide you with periodic updates, along with bits of information about eyecare and reading.
In the meantime, head over to the Bess the Book Bus web site to learn more about Jenn and her book-giving efforts, and to the VSP blog entry about the eyecare and book drive campaign.