Kids earn extra free books by playing games at the Book Bash.
Cihldren get a chance to choose free books.
On Saturday August 15, 2009, WJZY-TV sponsored the 8th Annual Gateway Village YMCA Book Bash in uptown Charlotte. The event promotes literacy and school readiness, and helps get new books and school supplies into the hands of kids who need them in downtown elementary schools.
About 1,000 children were outfitted with new backpacks, books and lots of school supplies just in time for the start of classes.
Charlotte’s WJZY had several clients who participated in the project. Papa John’s Pizza donated one-topping pizzas; Carolina Asthma and Allergy handed out health information; Brisbane Academy set up a booth to educate folks about their facility; and Coastal Federal Credit Union was onsite with financial information and giveaways.
Each youngster is allowed to choose six free books from an on-site library where they can browse and find reading material suitable to their age. Not only does it help students who otherwise would not have needed tools for school, but it also is set up like a festival with games, inflatables, free food and product samples. The kids can earn extra school supplies when they participate in the games.
Charlotte’s WJZY has been a proud sponsor of the event since its inception eight years ago, and Book Bash has become a mainstay of the station’s community outreach.
Thanks to WJZY’s Angela Golden for this capcom story & these capcom photos.