Having books in the home makes a significant difference for a child’s future. For example, one study found that having a lot of books in the home can be as important as parents’ education level in predicting a child’s educational attainment, and even having as few as 25 books in the home instead of no books can have a meaningful impact.1
Nebraska attorneys have an opportunity to help. Every year, approximately 6,000 children are involved in Nebraska’s juvenile court system. In recognition of the importance of books and literacy for healthy child and adolescent development, the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy is sponsoring a book drive that will benefit the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative. The Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative, a statewide effort and coordinated initiative of multi-disciplinary, judge-led local teams working to implement best practices into local court systems, recently began providing books to judges to disseminate at their discretion to children and families who appear in their courtrooms. This book drive will help boost this effort and get more books in the hands of children.
We are asking you to join us in making a difference in the lives of Nebraska’s children. The book drive starts now and runs through Friday, April 5th. We are seeking donations of new and gently used children’s books,
but will also accept donations of other books, which will be disseminated to local area non-profit organizations. Monetary donations will also be accepted and will be used to purchase books. Monetary donations can be made by clicking on the Donate Now link on the right side of the page.
If you do not wish to donate online, checks can be mailed to the NSBA offices, Attn: Sam Clinch. Make checks payble to the NSBA.
We have a goal of collecting more than 1,000 books for children in Nebraska juvenile courts, and we hope you and your law firm/organization will join us!
For complete details, use the Book Drive Details
link on the right side of the page. Please contact Sarah Helvey
or any member of the Leadership Academy
with any questions regarding the book drive. 1Evans, M. D. R., et al. Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations. Research in Social Stratiﬁcation and Mobility (2010).