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MISSION STATEMENT

Provide books for children and adolescents for learning and enrichment. To encourage an appreciation of books and how they can add to ones imagination and creativity. Also contribute to community resources and increase exposure to diversity.

GOAL

To collect books and contribute to the community in which SAS Global Forum has an annual conference.

HISTORY

Each spring since 1976, SAS users (principally programmers) have held a national conference called the SAS Users Group International (SUGI) conference prior to 2007 and called the SAS Global Forum (SGF) after 2007. Since fall 1993, SAS users in the West (mostly California) have held a smaller regional conference, Western Users of SAS Software (WUSS). In 2001, both groups felt it important to 'give back' to the communities that hosted their meetings and created a Children's Book Drive as a regular part of each conference. Los Angeles based programmers led this effort from the start, although since 2007, this effort has been supported by a Book Drive Committee designated by the SAS Global Users Group Executive Board.


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The idea is simple; we collect children's books at our conferences and donate them to groups working with needy children. Recipient groups are identified in each area prior to the conferences. We look for places that are sometimes overlooked by other programs (e.g. small shelters where victims of abuse can live with their children in safety). We look for places to help establish or maintain reading programs where many children can profit from a single book(e.g. after school programs lending programs like Book Mobile or a 'reading corner' in a shelter). We know the ages of the children served in each recipient group and any special needs or requests (e.g. language, multi-cultural). The books collected are sorted according to these needs and distributed on the last day of the conferences.

The Children's Book Drive is advertised at every opportunity prior to the conferences (registration materials, email blasts, etc.)urging attendees to 'get on board' and bring one (or more)books to contribute to the conference. At the conferences we have a colorful,decorated (with book posters for example)area where books are collected and people who have forgotten books are directed to local bookstores (with pre-arranged discounts)or are urged to donate cash. At the close of the conference the cash is spent at the store offering the greatest discount to add to the collection of books.

Basically, we can use as much help as we can get with these programs and if we won the Literacy Grant(s) we could help even more children. We have attached some of the promotional materials from recent conferences (which do a better job of explaining what this is about and list some of the groups that have benefited). We have also attached a few of the thank-you letters that groups have sent us.

2010 SEATTLE SAS GLOBAL FORUM

SAS GLOBAL FORUM CHILDREN'S BOOK DRIVE ORGANIZATIONS--

ChildHaven - Age Level infants to 5 years Just celebrated it's 100 anniversary caring for children. ChildHaven serves 500 young children and their families each year in four Seattle locations. Their model Therapeutic Child Care Program, which eliminates child abuse and neglect through early intervention, has been replicated in communities throughout the state and in other parts of the United States.

They are interested in books for learning skills for growing, healthy bodies, dressing, bathing, importance of sleeping, eating correctly, not to be afraid of the doctor, dentist, policeman. Learning early skills for ABC’s and numbers to prepare them for kindergarten.


Denise Louie Education Center - Age Level infants to 5 years Services 300 children that are enrolled in Head Start to provide quality, multicultural early childhood education. The children come from 15 countries within Asia, Latin America and East Africa. Over 80% have limited or no English skills. The programs respect and preserve each child's individual cultural heritage and language along with teaching the children both social and emotional skills for their new country. They also learn importance of healthcare, brushing their teeth and nutrition.

Books on nutrition and health along with therapeutic topics are in need. Some therapeutic topics would be Feelings, Self-Esteem, Conflict Resolution, Homelessness, Abuse, Grief/Death/Loss, Moving, Divorce, Honesty, Good Family Relationships.


Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center - Age Level 11 to 18 years Newcomer center for recently arrived immigrants to Seattle Public Schools Systems: Teach English and orient students to American culture before moving on to secondary schools. The goal is to get these young people to read on a 3rd grade level before allowing them into the regular school system. This usually takes about one year. The Center receives about 250 young people a year from Hispanic, African, Asian and Pacific Island areas.

Although Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center (BOC) is working with students that need English skill sets, a lot of reading books used for learning English ( 6 to 12 age level) do not always hold the interest level of someone older. We look for "Hi-Lo or High Interest-Low Reading Level" books that have subject matter for an older child, but easy reading skills. A science book on When a Storm Comes Up or a geography book about a county like Australia is going to be of more interest than a Dr. Seuss book.

Books that are bilingual, have high interest level with easy reading. Photographs rather than cartoon figures will give the appearance for an older person. Some of the countries these young people come from are Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, and Mexico.


Alternative High School - Age Level 14 to 19 years Students are able to build their own curriculum, working closely with advisors, to make learning fun. The librarian responsible for the bilingual center is also responsible for the alternative high school. The high school has 290 youths with abilities that require college prep to special education needs. The library needs books. 13% of the students are economically disadvantaged. Ethnic background is 67% white, 9% black, 11% Hispanic, 8% Asian/Pacific Is., 5% Amer.Indian/Alask.Native.

Books that teens are interested in which includes graphic novels, math books, art books, Poetry, sports, careers, biographies, adventure/fantasy, science fiction and classics.


YouthCare - Age Level 13 to 18 Founded in 1974, YouthCare was the first shelter for homeless youth in the Western United States and continues to be a leader in providing services to this vulnerable population. YouthCare has grown and expanded to become a community-based agency with six sites serving 2,000 youths. Their services range from street outreach and residential housing to education and employment training. These young people are without children of their own so they have more time to spend on themselves and learn. GED classes are offered and in 2008, over 50 YouthCare beneficiaries enrolled into post secondary education with the help of the YouthCare counselors.

YouthCare would be interested in some Spanish or bilingual (Spanish/English) education books, the high interest-easy reading books (Hi-Lo), career books, leadership, positive thinking, stories about people who made a good life for themselves after a tough beginning.


Seattle Children’s Hospital – Age Level infants to 18 years This library provides books of interest for the children and youths confined to their hospital rooms. They have 250 beds. Also need to provide multicultural/multi-language books to the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in S.Central Seattle.

The hospital is short on books for teens. The clinic is short on bilingual children's books. Some languages for books needed are: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Cambodian, Indonesian, Japanese, Thai, Myanmar(Burma), Indian, Bhutan, Laotian, Somali, Kenyan, Ethiopian, Amharic(Ethiopia),Oromo(Ethiopia), Trigrigna(Ethiopia and Eritrea) and Tagalog(Philippines). Reading to a child when they hurt can calm them down and put them into a different world.


Please help us make this the most successful book drive ever!

If you (or family members attending SAS Global Forum with you) could volunteer at the Book Drive Booth, please contact Fran Hamer at rhamer@nc.rr.com