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WDET distributes over 22,000 books to kids in metro Detroit through Books For Kids initiative

August 7, 2012

Nearly 1,000 people donated to WDET's Books for Kids drive in April 2012. Operation: Kid Equip worked closely with Wayne State University's WDET to turn each $5 donation into 20 children's books that are being distributed over the course of this summer. Over 22,000 books will be distributed to kids in need. Books have already been distributed in Eastpointe and as part of Yusef Shakur’s Zone 8 Backpack event in Detroit. Books will also be given to the Urban Network Cafe to establish a free take-away library for children in Detroit. Five additional local agencies will receive donations of 1,000+ books each this August. There are two upcoming community events that WDET will be supplying books for.

Upcoming Events -

What: Operation: Kid Equip, Free Backpack Event
When: Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 11 a.m.-2 .pm.
Where: Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital - 2333 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte

• Free backpacks, school supplies and books!
• Book sponsorship by: WDET Donors
• O:KE expects to serve 350 students through this event.

This is a Henry Ford Hospital community event. No proof of 'need' required. All backpacks will be first come, first serve; and are limited to one per student. Backpacks will only be given to children who are physically present at the event.

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What: Operation: Kid Equip, "Backpackpalooza"
When: Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Seminole Academy - 1500 Mulberry Street, Mount Clemens

• Free backpacks, school supplies and books!
• Book sponsorship by: WDET Donors
• O:KE expects to serve 1,000 students through this event.

The free backpacks will be provided to low income students residing in and attending public schools in southeastern Michigan. Proof of low income: Bridge card, Medicaid card, Free & Reduced Lunch letter from 11/12 school year, unemployment check stub.
All backpacks will be first come, first serve; and are limited to one per student. Backpacks will only be given to children who are physically present at the event.

For further information about WDET's Books for Kids visit: http://wdet.org/booksforkids/

  • Contact: Mikel Ellcessor
  • Voice: (313) 577-4146
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