Zachary selling popcorn just outside the library to help raise funds for the Aloha Community Library
Zachary Jarvis is 10 years old. Zachary will be entering 5th grade in the fall time. He has been studying at Barnes Elementary’s Two-Way Spanish Immersion Program.
During his free time, he enjoys reading, soccer, kickball, collecting Pokeman cards and Karate. He has a green belt in Karate and is currently a Webelo 2 in Cub Scout Pack 598. Zachary has helped the library raise over $300 in the past two years. His first fundraiser for the Aloha Community Library was a lemonade and homemade doggie biscuits in the summer of 2012. In the spring 2013, he sold microwave popcorn to the community to raise money for the Aloha Community Library.
Zachary also has distinguished himself by being the first person to checkout a book from the Aloha Community Library during our “Sneak Peek” event back in December 2011. You can read about that event here.
His mom and dad, Becky and Terrell, have also donated countless hours volunteering on behalf of the library. Volunteering is a part of this family’s fabric!
Recently, our organization received the following request for help from another non-profit organization:
“My name is Shawna Wise, Regional Director for a non-profit high school exchange organization, CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). With your connections to the Aloha community, I am reaching out to you regarding 5 students we have with a desire to attend Aloha HS for the upcoming school year. These international students are looking for host families to welcome them for one or two semesters. Although they don’t arrive until August, we will be securing their placement with families by July 25th. I’d love your help in communicating this opportunity to Aloha families!
The students have their own spending money to cover their expenses – all that is required of a host family is to provide a bed and 3 meals a day and make them part of the family! I would like to give Aloha Boosters $100 for every family at Aloha that hosts one of these kids.
Here are notes about them:
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If you have been paying attention to our organization, you may be wondering about the title of this blog posting today. Actually, it’s been about 8 months since we opened on an amazing day (September 22, 2012), but 20 months since the month of August, 2011 when we incorporated as an organization. You can view a slide show of historical pictures of the past 20 months to see what we have accomplished! Wow! It’s been quite a ride these past 2 years!
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This beautiful quilt was crafted by the WESTSIDE QUILTERS GUILD of Hillsboro; one of three they make on an annual basis for donation to local charities. Staunch supporters of libraries in the region, the Guild generously donated this beautiful quilt to the Aloha Community Library Association to help raise funds for the Library’s operation.
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A few weeks ago, a wonderful preschool named Little Lambs Too, led by Aloha resident Kristin Ratten visited the library during one of our Wednesday morning Storytimes. They were such well behaved little people! That day, we had over 34 children in attendance! The preschool children each had participated in a jog-a-thon the week before to raise money for the Aloha Community Library Association! Kristen explained, “we try and encourage our kids to be involved in physical activity when they are with us. We also like to raise money each year for different non-profits in our community. So we offered the kids one dollar for every lap they ran round a nearby park. They worked hard for the library and ran and ran and ran!” Read more →
I just completed reading a new research report from the Pew Research Center (my fav polling group) with a similar title to today’s blog post. It seemed to be describing what we have observed happening at the Aloha Library! It’s titled, Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading and it describes the results of a recent poll about parents of minor children (under 18 years of age) and their usage patterns of public libraries across the United States. It states the ”ties between parents and libraries start with the importance parents attach to the role of reading in their children’s lives. Half of parents of children under age 12 (50%) read to their child every day and an additional 26% do so a few times a week. Those with children under age 6 are especially keen on daily reading with their child: 58% of these parents read with their child every day and another 26% read multiple times a week with their children.”
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