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Free book bank in Courtenay needs more donations

Courtenay Elementary School
Courtenay Elementary School's book bank needs more books donated so it can find new homes for them.
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The free book bank for kids at Courtenay Elementary School has been running for two years.

The school has two display shelves set up in the busy hallways. Students can take and keep any book that catches their eye.

This is how love of reading starts with the building of home libraries. Book bank organizer Kindle Parsons says the success is due to the donations of free books to the book bank.

Approximately 30 books a week leave the shelves and find a new home. Since September, 720 books have found new homes!

The huge storage bin under the school stage was once full with almost a thousand books. Now, we are down to our last few boxes.

The idea for a free book bank for kids came from seeing the Comox Valley Food Bank across the street from school.

For two years, the Valley and beyond has donated nearly new books suitable for young readers from kindergarten to Grade 6. Books have been bused from Edmonton, Dawson Creek, Powell River and Texada Island.

The book bank is relying on the goodwill of parents helping parents, schools helping schools, and kids helping kids.  Parsons plans to do some spring cleaning of her child's book collection during the two-week spring break to then donate to the book bank.

Feel welcome to donate books for young readers at Courtenay Elementary School at 1540 McPhee Ave. during school hours.


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