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United Way of Southwest Michigan presents the ‘Spring Into Reading’ book drive coming this March 2018 in celebration of National Reading Month. In partnership with Berrien County Great Start Collaborative and Cass County Great Start Collaborative, United Way of Southwest Michigan seeks to collect 5000 new and gently used books between March 1 through March 23 for area children and young adults. This book drive will collect books to be distributed through area home visiting programs, tri county head start, area shelters, strategic businesses, area food pantries and targeted agencies to get books in kid’s hands during summer months.

We will also use the books to add a ‘Read Up’ component to summer ‘Meet up, Eat Up’ sites in Berrien and Cass counties. “Meet Up, Eat Up’ sites are part of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) from the USDA, that ensures low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The population this program serves is one that can greatly benefit from sending books with them to their homes. One of the best ways to impact educational attainment for children in low income communities is to develop their reading skills. To develop those skills, children are encouraged to read at home, however many children living in poverty in the U.S. do not have access to books at their homes.

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BOOK DROP LOCATIONS

Berrien County
- Overflow Church: 300 East Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor
- Midwest Family Broadcasting: 580 E Napier Ave, Benton Harbor
- Berrien County Department of Health and Human Services: 401 8th Street, Benton Harbor
- Honor Credit Union: All Berrien County branches
- Mars Elementary School: 430 W Mars St., Berrien Springs
- Sylvester Elementary: 101 Sylvester Ave., Berrien Springs
- Berrien RESA: 711 St. Joseph Ave., Berrien Springs
- Blossomland Learning Center: 711 St. Joseph Ave., Berrien Springs
- Cook Nuclear Plant / American Electric Power: One Cook Place, Bridgman (Employee families only)
- Coloma Elementary Schools: 262 S West St., Coloma
- Coloma Public Library: 151 W. Center Street, Coloma
- United Way: 2015 Lakeview Ave., St Joseph
- E. P. Clarke Elementary School: 515 East Glenlord Rd., St Joseph
- Brown Elementary School: 2027 Brown School Rd., St Joseph
- Lincoln Elementary School: 1102 Orchard Ave, St.Joseph
- Martin's Supermarket: 2121 Cleveland Ave., St. Joseph
- 1st Source Bank: All Berrien County locations
- Lakeland Health: (all Lakeland hospital locations)
- The Chapel: 4250 Washington Ave., St. Joseph
- Lighthouse Education Center: 379 W. Glenlord Rd., St. Joseph
- Martin's Supermarket: 5637 Cleveland Ave., Stevensville
- Midway Baptist Church: 7517 Red Arrow Hwy, Watervliet
- Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union: 507 E Main St, Niles
- Martin's Supermarket: 720 South 11th Street, Niles
- Merritt Elementary School: 1620 Lasalle Ave., Niles
- Brandywine Elementary School: 2428 South 13th St., Niles
- Shelf Life Bookstore: 223 N. 4th St., Niles
- Northside Child Development Center: 2020 N. Fifth St., Niles

Cass County
- Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union: 68925 M-62, Suite A, Edwardsburg
- Edwardsburg Fitness Company: 69855 Rolen Drive, Edwardsburg
- Cheryl A. Lieurance, D.C.: 69001 M-62, Ste. B, Edwardsburg
- Rock, Paper, Scissors: 68837 M-62 South, Edwardsburg
- Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital: 420 W. High Street, Dowagiac
- Tri-County Head Start: 708 Chestnut St., Dowagiac
- Honor Credit Union: 56337 M-51 S., Dowagiac
- Wolverine Mutual Insurance: 1 Wolverine Way, Dowagiac
- First Source Bank: 223 S. Front Street, Dowagiac
- Cass County Senior Center: 60525 Decatur Rd., Cassopolis
- Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union: 1050 E. State Street, Cassopolis
- Lewis Cass ISD Admin Bldg: 61682 Dailey Road, Cassopolis
- United Presbyterian Church: 209 E. State St., Cassopolis
- Sam Adams Elementary: 101 S. East St., Cassopolis
- Cass County District Library: 319 M-62 N., Cassopolis
- Marcellus Elementary School: 301 W. Arbor St., Marcellus

Books with a focus on diversity are greatly encouraged. To get more info, email julee.laurent@uwsm.org.

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