What is the Story ExpressTM?
The Story Express, our specially-equipped, customized van that carries hundreds of new children’s books, visited each of our 64 classrooms three times during the school year. Each time The Story Express visits a school, our CEP Artists unload and bring in hundreds of books for the children to choose one of their own from!
In addition to classrooms, The Story Express visits health fairs, food pantries, community events, and Camp Craddock sites, and gives out books to all school-age children. Throughout the 2017-2018 year alone, The Story Express gave away nearly 8,000 books! These books are primarily donated to The Center through the generosity of our nationwide network of supporters.
Literacy research shows a correlation between the number of age-appropriate books that a child has at home and the number of years of school that child will complete.
Further, the skills children develop when they handle books are critical to the development of literacy. Simple knowledge, such as how to turn pages, the orientation and direction of print, and relationship between pictures and story, is difficult to learn unless children have experienced holding books.
How You Can Help
Donations to the Story ExpressTM are greatly appreciated. All financial donations are put directly towards the purchase of new books.
Donations of new books are also greatly valued and make wonderful additions.
Donations and discounts from book vendors are an important and vital part of the success of the Story ExpressTM. Books ranging from board books to middle grade novels are needed. Any assistance your company may provide is a tremendous gift to the children involved.
The Craddock Center also accepts contributions of gently loved used books. These books are also distributed and used for programs for those in need. For this reason, used books need to be clean, undamaged and in appealing condition.
If you would like to provide financially or give the gift of books to the Story ExpressTM, please send all donations to:
The Craddock Center
PO Box 69
Cherry Log, GA 30522