Book drive fundraiser to benefit Mendota youth

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MENDOTA - Our nation is in a literacy crisis. Although 100 percent of Kindergarteners report wanting to read for fun, by 4th grade that number drops to 54 percent. And by high school, that number is at a staggering 19 percent. The good news is there are simple things we can do to help.

Book ownership matters! A 20-year global study showed that children who have plenty of books in their home complete more education and earn more per year.

In partnership with the Graves-Humes Public library, Jennifer Bast (Foulk) hopes to promote literacy and inspire a love of reading at a young age in local youth so they do not fall to these statistics. 

Bast is asking the community to join her and Graves-Hume Public Library in supporting the families of Mendota through the chamber’s event “Mendota Christmas.” They hope that each child attending this event will go home with a free book. Each $25 donation will provide 2-3 children with a new book, a simple way to give back to the little ones and ensure they have a new book in time for the holidays.

Over the next month, the goal is to raise $3,000. Combined with 50 percent donation matching from Usborne Books & More, this will provide the City of Mendota with $4,500 in books for the children. With just 120 donations of $25, this goal can be reached.

Donations can be made at

https://www.gofundme.com/manage/dt5bnr-books-for-mendota. All donations are tax deductible.

“I hope you’ll have the opportunity to partner with us in making a difference for these amazing children,” Bast said. “Thank you so much for considering this fundraiser.”