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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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
April
18

A Scrumdiddlyumptious Story Time!

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We were SO EXCITED to spend our Easter weekend with our friends and supporters at The Grove for our scrumdiddlyumptious Golden Ticket to Imagination Story Time! It was a beautiful spring day filled with Charlie and The Chocolate Factory-themed crafts, face painting, candy, exciting prizes, and of course, story time.

With the chocolate river flowing, our guests were invited to enter a world of pure imagination…

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Our longtime friends and dedicated M+B supporters Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen came out to read “10 Things I Love About You” by Daniel Kirk. Their infectious humor made everyone laugh and their reading was definitely a highlight of the day! Check out their feature in People Magazine that talks more about their participation and what they value as parents!

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 15: Jenny Mollen and Jason Biggs attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

Kids had the opportunity to make fun candy crafts for Easter, courtesy of Little Junebugs, that were inspired by our friend Jodi Levine (creator of SUPERMAKEIT) and her amazingly fun book, Candy Aisle Crafts!

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Two of our sponsors Mrs. Thinsters and See’s Candy kept our attendees sweet tooth’s satisfied with delicious chocolate chip & brownie batter cookies, and bags of delicious chocolate!

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Attendees of our Annual Story Time Celebration may have recognized the Candy Man…he made a return visit for this special candy-centric event where he was busy crafting candy art all day for our guests!

 

Copies of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl & Candy Aisle Crafts by Jodi Levine, were generously donated for our special GOLDEN TICKET giveaway and were given out as prizes for the very lucky winners…

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Guests attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 15: Guests attend The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Atmosphere is seen at The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 15: Atmosphere is seen at The Grove Hosts Golden Ticket to Imagination with Milk+Bookies at The Grove on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Caruso )

In addition, we raffled off a HUGE Wonka Gift Bag, full of some of our favorite story books, craft kits, and goodies. CONGRATS to the winner, Sandra!!

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We of course have to give a special thanks to The Grove for hosting the event at their gorgeous venue. We always have so much fun putting on events with their rockstar team!

We would also like to give shoutouts to Grove tenants Barnes & Noble, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Laduree for supporting the event by donating a portion of proceeds to Milk + Bookies to help support our mission.

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who came! Whether you were a guest, a volunteer, or an OompaLoompa, you made the day a blast and we hope you will join us again next time!

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To sign up for our newsletter updates and to find out how you can get more involved with Milk + Bookies, visit our website at milkandbookies.org!


by Megan Tambio
March
30

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Madeleine

Today’s Book- Raiser Spotlight goes to our #ReadingRockstar & Host Ambassador, Madeleine!

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For the second year in a row, Madeleine organized a Milk + Bookies book fair at her local Barnes & Noble store in San Jose. She invited her friends, family, and classmates to come pick out specially curated titles to donate and enjoy some milk & cookies!

She partnered with the Family Resource Center at Valley Palms Apartments to help create a library and story room for their low-income tenants! The 300+ families who live there will now be able to enjoy the magic of story time every day of the week!

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CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 45-50

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 1,354!!!

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Students like her 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!

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Way to go, Madeleine!

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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
March
22

Book-Raiser Spotlight: Heron School

Today’s Book- Raiser Spotlight goes to our friends all the way in Sacramento at the Heron School!

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This year marks the Heron School’s 2nd Milk + Bookies Book Raiser! Home of the Heron Flyers, 50 kids, parents, and teachers came together to raise over 60 books. The books they raised will be donated to homeless and foster youth within their school district, exemplifying the Milk + Bookies mission to impact underserved children right in your own community!

CHILDREN WHO PARTICIPATED: 50

TOTAL BOOKS RAISED: 60…and counting!

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Great work Heron School! These students teach us that it’s never too early to learn the joys of giving. 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!

Way to go, Flyers!

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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 Box!

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

READ! GIVE! GROW!

 


by Megan Tambio
March
15

It’s Always Time for Thyme Cafe & Market!

Thyme-Cafe--MarketIf you attended our 8th Annual Story Time Celebration (or just looked through our Instagram), you’ve probably noticed some of the delicious creations of Thyme Café & Market! They are by far one of our favorite local hang out spots and we were so thrilled to have them partner with us for this special event!

For our guests they provided delectable deli sandwiches, fresh veggies, pesto pasta and more!

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In 2004, Maire Byrne opened Thyme Catering where she quickly found success in creating New American food to enhance unforgettable moments throughout Southern California. The popularity of Thyme Catering led her to expand the company and launch her first cafe and gourmet marketplace, Thyme Café & Market.

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Located conveniently on Ocean Park Boulevard right here in Santa Monica, Thyme Café & Market offers tasty “New American” food and drink that is a MUST VISIT for their warm, charming, and communal environment. Perfect for catching up with friends and family!

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Maire Byrne is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and went on to work with culinary luminaries at various acclaimed restaurants in the United States, including Chez Panisse in Berkeley, The Ajax Tavern in Aspen, and Aqua in San Francisco.

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Her passion for travel led her to live and work throughout Europe, New York and San Francisco. Each experience has greatly in influenced her culinary point of view and strengthened her belief that good food draws people together and creates memories.

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Be sure to check out Thyme Café & Market’s delicious selections or even hire them to cater your next event! You won’t regret it!

Also, visit Thyme’s sister restaurant (a favorite for date night), LOCAL KITCHEN & WINE BAR, and don’t forget about the best toy store in Sunset Park, Quinnie & B – both are members of the Thyme family.

Thank you to the Thyme Team!


by Megan Tambio