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Books 4 Keiki Expands Donations to Local Pre-kindergarten Students




Books 4 Keiki Expands Donations to Local

Pre-kindergarten Students to Promote Early Literacy

for Our Youngest Learners

-Linapuni, Kailua, and ’Ele’ele PreK Classes

Chosen as 2021-2022 Additions to Recipients


Honolulu, HI (June 22, 2021)–Local non-profit Books 4 Keiki has gained enough support to expand its program to three additional schools in just one year, more than doubling their reach and impact. Last school year, amidst the uncertainty of shutdowns and COVID-19 school closures, local non-profit Books 4 Keiki donated bags of new and gently used books and school supplies valued at about $3,000 in total to the pre-kindergarten (PreK) classes of Palolo, Kalihi Waena, Kalihi Uka, Fern, and Aiea Elementary schools.


In the fall of 2020, Books 4 Keiki started with three schools. They quickly gained traction and added two more. In the upcoming school year, professional colleagues and friends Michael Terry, Brandie Ota, Matthew Nickel, and Lauren Esposo are determined to serve an even broader community, including the neighbor island of Kauai.


The addition of Linapuni, Kailua, and ‘Ele’ele Elementary schools will bring the total of pre-kindergarten students participating in the Books 4 Keiki program up to close to 200 if all classes reach full enrollment.


The mission is simple: to promote early literacy development through access to books. The method is straightforward: give books to pre-kindergarten students through the schools. For now, Books 4 Keiki is focusing on Title I schools.


“The kindness of individuals and enthusiasm from the community has been overwhelming,” shared Esposo. “Partnerships with local businesses such as Bess Press and Pipe Dreams Surf Company have been especially helpful in our mission to support young learners, and seeing how happy the kids are with their books is so rewarding. We’re so grateful for everyone’s generosity this past year, especially knowing that it’s been a particularly rough year for so many people and businesses.”


Books 4 Keiki will be running a literacy campaign from July 5ththrough July 23rdto support their funding. Monetary donations and gifts through their Amazon wish list can be made on their website at books4keiki.org. “One thing that we’ve learned over the past year is how to maximize our donors’ dollars – we feel it’s our fiduciary responsibility,” explains Nickel. “So, if we receive monetary donations, when we purchase books, we get those at a wholesale discount that isn’t available to the public. A book that may cost $15 on Amazon, could cost us just $3.” The team will also be accepting gently used pre-loved books which can be dropped off at a drive by drop off at Kapiolani Park on July 11th between 2pm and 4pm.


For more information about how you can help or if you are a school interested in partnering with Books 4 Keiki, please visit books4keiki.org or connect on social media at facebook.com/books4keiki or @Books_4_keiki on Instagram.


About Books 4 Keiki

Books 4 Keiki is a local non-profit organization committed to promoting early literacy development to create excitement around lifelong learning for our youngest keiki through access to books and school supplies.


For more information, visit books4keiki.org or follow @Books_4_keiki on Instagram and Books for Keiki HI on Facebook.

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