7 million books and counting: One man’s fight for literacy among city’s at-risk kids – Chicago Tribune

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          My research for the book and resource guides keeps turning up these extraordinary people no one has ever heard of outside their communities. Brian Floriani is one of them. Read this inspiring story of what he has accomplished in Chicago through Bernie’s Book Bank, named for his father who grew up a coal miner’s son. Our future strength lies in encouraging and supporting the individual social entrepreneurs of this world, the people who are making our communities better one project at a time. Our world depends on the power of local ideas and commitment to action!

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“It’s a Tuesday morning at Rowe Elementary, a charter school on the city’s North Side, and in Ms. Voigts’ third-grade class, the students are wide-eyed, clinging to the edges of their desks to still themselves. Each kid steps to the front and gets a shiny white plastic bag, then wades back into a moment that builds into a kind of feverish, break-the-pinata pandemonium. The bags are filled with books, not candy, but in an instant they are pulled out, spread across desks, passed with wonder from hand to hand…”

Source: 7 million books and counting: One man’s fight for literacy among city’s at-risk kids – Chicago Tribune

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