November
23

Thankful & Grateful

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving with your families!

#READGIVEGROW


by Alesha Dailey
October
27

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Rachel’s Mitzvah Project!

Today’s Book- Raiser Spotlight goes to our #ReadingRockstar, Rachel!

Rachel organized a Milk + Bookies book-raiser for her Mitzvah Project that mobilized her entire community to give back! She invited friends, family, neighbors, and classmates to donate books especially for the students of Title I schools in L.A. served by our Leaders + Readers Program!!

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TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 1,518!!!

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Students like Rachel continually teach us the importance and joys of giving back. We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like her, and can’t wait to see where her love of reading and giving takes her!

Way to go, Rachel!

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Thank you for making a difference with Milk+Bookies!!

READ! GIVE! GROW!

 


by Alesha Dailey
October
5

Happy World Teachers Day!

Today, we celebrate all of the amazing teachers all over the world who work hard to impact our children in the hopes of creating a better future!

According to UNESCO, “World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.”

To learn more about World Teachers Day and how you can celebrate and honor the amazing teachers in your life, visit the UNESCO website here.

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
September
30

What Are You Reading This Weekend?

Seuss, Rowling, Dahl, Silverstein….so many great books, but there always seems to be so little time. Spend some much needed quality time with your little ones this weekend, curl up in a cozy nook, and dig in to some new books!

Looking for some great suggestions on what to read next?!? Check our founder, Meredith Alexander’s, specially curated list of her favorite children’s books here. They are pretty great (even if we do say so ourselves)!

Happy reading!


by Alesha Dailey
August
8

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Jack + The Variety Boys & Girls Club

Today’s Book- Raiser Spotlight goes to our #ReadingRockstar, Jack!

Jack organized a Milk + Bookies book-raiser for his Mitzvah Project that mobilized his entire community to give back! He invited friends, family, neighbors, and classmates to donate books especially for the children of the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Los Angeles!

He partnered with the Variety Boys & Girls Club to help supply them with the books they needed for their summer reading program designed to combat the effects of “summer slide”.

Summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. With access to quality books, like those donated by Jack, the students who attend these summer programs return to school much more likely to succeed!

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TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 607!!!

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Since he is such an avid reader, this was an activity Jack truly cared about. This isn’t Jack’s first time organizing his community around reading. Several years ago, he even started a BOOK AWARDS program at his elementary school!

Students like Jack continually teach us the importance and joys of giving back. We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like him, and can’t wait to see where his love of reading and giving takes him!

Way to go, Jack!

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Thank you for making a difference with Milk+Bookies!!

READ! GIVE! GROW!

 


by Alesha Dailey
July
22

The Princess and The Book

We are often overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters who go above and beyond to promote our cause.

This was definitely the case when Brazilian-born animator and illustrator, Ariel Costa, came to us with the idea of designing a fairytale for us….needless to say, we were a *bit* blown away by this offer and the results of his efforts definitely did not disappoint!

We hope you enjoyed the tale of The Princess and The Book!

To check out more of Ariel’s work (or to just learn more about his insane skills), check out his website here OR follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo.

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
July
10

Book-Raiser Spotlight: SIJCC & The Islamic Center of Southern California

Today’s Book-Raiser Spotlight goes to Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC) & The Islamic Center of Southern California!!

This week’s featured book-raiser is a very special one! We were thrilled to partner with the Jewish Learning Center of the SIJCC and the Islamic Center of Southern California for their Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change Event!

The SIJCC welcomed students from the Islamic Center into their Jewish Learning Center classes, where their teachers partnered with Islamic Center teachers to lead a literacy-themed curriculum. They also gathered parents from both centers for an eye-opening interfaith dialogue!

In addition to the days activities, they also hosted a Milk + Bookies Book-Raiser!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 100

BOOKS RAISED: 580

DONATED TO: REBOOKIT

What an amazing event full of conversation, peace, compassion, and understanding!!

THANK YOU for letting us be a part of it and for making a difference with Milk+Bookies!!

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READ! GIVE! GROW!

 

 


by Alesha Dailey
June
23

Summer Book Drop Offs!!

The M+B team has just wrapped up our most successful year of Leaders + Readers yet…donating over 130,000 books to 37 Title I elementary schools in LA that have impacted over 40,000 students!!

 

Just because school is officially out and summer is now here, doesn’t mean the book donations stop. We wanted to celebrate our achievement by kicking off our summer with a BANG and donating an additional 3,500 books to various in need and underserved organizations throughout L.A.! Check out where we went in the map below:

Our efforts are in direct response to the “Summer Slide” phenomenon…

Summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year.

Unfortunately, children in low-income households fall behind an average of 2 months in reading during the summer. And, summer slide is cumulative, with these learning losses building up each summer.

Our goal in donating large amounts of books to organizations like the ones above each summer, is to prevent any loss in reading achievement and to give ALL students an equal start the following school year.

Reading just 4 to 6 books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall, so even small steps are very beneficial.

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Help us beat summer slide and close the achievement gap in L.A. schools by donating books this summer! Contact us for more details on how you can get involved: info@milkandbookies.org.

 

READ! GIVE! GROW!


by Alesha Dailey
May
24

Fundraising Spotlight: Normal Community West High School

Today, we want to shine our Spotlight on a particularly awesome group of teens:

Normal Community West High School!

 

Despite being all the way in Normal, IL, their philanthropic spirit is anything but “normal”. Krista, President of NCWHS’s National English Honors Society Chapter, reached out to Milk+Bookies back in March wanting to host a very unique fundraiser to benefit us!

Check it out:

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Krista and her 70+ membered Honor Society collected hundreds of dollars in donations from their classmates in giant milk jugs to benefit M+B and impact their local community. In addition to (fun)drasing projects, Krista’s chapter of the Honors Society writes letters to second graders in their school district as a part of a pen pal program.

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Such an amazing (and creative!) way to give back!

Way to go, Normal Community West High!

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Want to host a fundraiser or book-raiser in your community?? Check out our website here to find out how or email us at info@milkandbookies.org to get started!!


by Alesha Dailey
April
25

Book-Raiser Spotlight: The St. Anthony School

Today’s Book- Raiser Spotlight goes to The St. Anthony School!

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This week’s featured book-raiser comes all the way from Texas-  The St. Anthony School in Carrollton, to be exact! These future philanthropists collected over one hundred books for the families of the Family Gateway homeless shelter in Dallas.

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The St. Anthony School  specializes in working with students with special needs. Educator, Holly Teed said, hosting the Book-Raiser had a positive impact for the students as well as the book recipients.

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“Our students face challenges like autism, ADHD, mood disorders and learning disabilities, and this was a wonderful opportunity to help them see outside of their own lives and daily routines and into the lives of other students. It helped them to think about the needs of others and learn that giving can be a positive and worthy experience.”

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CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 31

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 107

Students like these continually teach us the importance and joys of giving back. We love hearing about the success of #FUTUREPHILANTHROPISTS like them and can’t wait to see where their love of reading and giving takes them!

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Way to go, St. Anthony School!

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Thank you for making a difference with Milk+Bookies!!

Join us and start making a difference in your own community. Find out how you can Host Your Own Book-Raiser here and purchase your Bookies Kit!

For some inspiration on how to make your Book-Raiser stand out, follow our Pinterest page!

READ! GIVE! GROW!

 


by Megan Tambio