Take a Green Leap for Literacy!

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What: Jill Ammon Vanderwood, author of What’s It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live, will take a Leap for Literacy by skydiving from 12,500 feet in Ogden Utah. This event will help support two literacy programs, and it will be the kickoff for the Leap for Literacy school recycling program.

When: The Leap for Literacy Will Take Place on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Where: Ogden Skydive @ Ogden Hinkley Airport
3663 Airport Road
Ogden, Utah 84405

From Salt Lake City, take exit 341 and go west to Airport Road. Turn south onto Ogden Hinkley Airport Road. They are on the North end of the airport at: 3463 Airport Rd. Look for the Red hanger.

Donations to the Literacy Action Center in Salt Lake City will be used to teach adult learners to read. Did you know that over 70,000 adults in Salt Lake and Davis Counties cannot read two syllable words? That mean they are unable to read bedtime stories to their children, labels on medicine bottles or notes from their employers.

Donations to The Reading Tub will be used to provide reading material to Title One schools. Donations can be made at their website or through the blog.

This event is sponsored by: Highland Cove Retirement Community
3750 South Highland Drive
Holliday, UT

Highland Cove is a place to call home for seniors, providing independent living and assisted living for over 30 years.

The Avenues Courtyard Assisted Living 661 E. 100 South, SLC, UT

Gift items for drawings and raffles provided by The West Valley City Sizzler Restaurant, Taffy Town; West Valley City Family Fitness Center; Accord Ice Center; Myotherapy College; Hale Center Theatre; Radio Disney; and The Anniversary Inn. Green gift baskets are donated by the author of What’s It Like, Living Green?

What's it Like, Living Green? Contributors Recycling Campaign

What’s It Like, Living Green? Take a Green Leap for Literacy!

Schools are invited to join the ‘What’s it Like, Living Green? Take a Green Leap for Literacy’ campaign, free of charge.

The object of this campaign is to help literacy programs, build up your school library, and make a difference for the environment.

Have fun and take a green leap for literacy.

Money will be raised by students through A) recycling aluminum, and in some areas, disposable water bottles B) T-shirt sales C) matching donations from businesses.

Kids, parents, and the community will be donating time, money and books to build up your school library—or the funds can be donated to an inner city school, with less funding.

It is suggested that 20% of funds raised be donated to the CARE organization, or a literacy program of your choice. CARE can use the funds to teach girls to read in poor countries. Many countries do not offer education to girls. Uneducated girls are destined to live in poverty. They are often sold into slavery or worse, or married young and subject to abuse. By educating girls, they will have a better life for themselves and their children.

Schools are invited to join ‘The Green Leap for Literacy’ campaign, free of charge. You can register at www.jillvanderwood.com

1) Form a green team of students/teachers

2) Set a kick-off date

3) Get other schools to participate—a friendly competition (optional)

4) Contact businesses in the area to- A) donate funds for T-shirts- B) print T-shirts- (optional) C) match donations- D) donate a prize to the winning school in your area

5) Check with your recycling center for hours of operation and what kind of metals/plastics they take.

6) Send notes home to parents for your Leap for Literacy- A) have students collect cans and other recyclable metals/and in some areas, plastic bottles B) have students go to neighbors and businesses to collect cans- C) ask parents if their company would be willing to donate T-shirts, print T-shirts, or make a donation.

7) Contact local writers groups and book stores to donate books for your school library.

8) Bring all cans to the school parking lot on the target date, weather permitting (this can be messy).

9) Line up trucks to deliver cans to the recycling center

11) Kids, parents, and the community will be donating time, money and books to build up your school library—or the library of an inner city school with less funding.

No funds, checks, books or any other monetary exchange will be made with the author or this website. All proceeds go directly to the school. All checks should be made out to the school, which can then determine the amount that goes to a literacy program.

This program is the brainchild of Jill Ammon Vanderwood—Author: What’s It Like, Living Green? The author requests that the title of the book be used for the campaign. The author would like to have the schools register on this site to keep track of how far this program is reaching. She would also like for your school to register the amount earned for your school library by recycling cans/bottles and the amount earned for a literacy program. Statistics will be periodically updated on this site.

Thank you,
You can make a difference.

151 Ellis Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303-2440
Tel: 1-404-681-2552, 1-800-521-CARE
Fax: 1-404-577-5977
E-mail: info@care.org
Web site: Care.org
Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO

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