Allentown middle-schooler collects thousands of books for literacy program

April 2, 2013 by  

Alysse Danyi, a 12-year-old student at Nazareth Area Intermediate School in Allentown, recently aided the local chapter of Cops ‘n’ Kids by collecting an impressive 16,000 books to distribute to area children.

Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley is the largest chapter of the non-profit organization. It was founded by a police officer from Wisconsin as a national initiative back in 2003. The mission of the organization is to provide children with access to books in their homes and to foster better relationships between police and young people.

One of the key programs of Cops ‘n’ Kids is to give children books to take home, and many of the youngsters receive their first books from the program. Since opening its doors, Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley has donated 496,000 books, and Danyi’s recent collection adds to that total considerably.

Along with giving books to children, the organization also sponsors a number of literacy focused programs. To advertise these, it could make use of Allentown poster printing.

On April 6, the organization will host the ‘National Crane Project’ at its Reading Room in nearby Bethlehem. The movement teaches children to fold origami cranes, which in Japanese folklore are believed to grant wishes if a person folds 1,000 of them.

The group will also host its yearly ‘Celebration of Reading and the Arts’ on April 20, at 11:00 am. The event features reading activities, books, and fun for the entire family, and will take place at Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center in Bethlehem.