Buck a Book Literacy Campaign 2016

THANK YOU to everyone who made this year’s Buck a Book campaign a great success! The funds raised will allow the Employment Skills Center to continue to offer Adult Literacy and Adult Education programs to our community. We are grateful for the support and generosity of our Buck a Book committee members; community sponsors and donors; the Carlisle Area School District administration, staff, librarians, and faculty; Reader Supporters; parents; and all our Buck a Book Kids. Congratulations to LeTort Elementary School for winning the trophies for Most Participation and Most Creative School Campaign, to Crestview  Elementary for winning the trophy for Most Funds Raised, and to Mooreland Elementary for winning the trophy for Most Funds Raised Per Capita. Keep on reading!


Meet the Buck a Book Kids who read the most during our 2016 campaign below. Their posters are hung in the windows of Bosler Memorial Library to remind everyone that READING IS FUN!!!




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Wordy Worm is back with another exciting Buck a Book Literacy Campaign for 2016! The Buck a Book Literacy Campaign raises funds for adult literacy programs while inspiring K-5 students in the Carlisle Area School District to read and get involved in the community. Buck a Book Kids read lots of great books while gathering pledges of support for adult literacy. All money collected helps fund adult education programming provided to the community by the Employment Skills Center.


Special thanks to our returning lead sponsor, M&T Bank!








 The Buck a Book Cycle of Community Literacy

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Kickoff Rally and Fair—Monday, January 11, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm


This year’s Kickoff Event is going to be bigger and better than ever! We have so much fun planned, we have moved the Kickoff to the Carlisle Expo Center! Thank you to Carlisle Events for donating the space and supporting literacy in our community!




Kids and parents can explore a variety of informational and FUN table stations. Bring the family and check out:


booksAuthor Alley: You can meet local children’s book authors and illustrators including Vicki Lynne Paxton, Tracey Jones, Elizabeth Passo, Erik Niel, Ben Fischer & Jason Schlossman, Nancy Farrow, Val Jones, Dan Schmidt, Linda Medwig, Dave Hammer, Michael and Ethan Sgrignoli, Toni Albert and illustrator Margaret Brandt, Courtney Montepara, Joel D. Smith, Amy June Bates, and Nancy Viau! They will have books available for purchase plus some surprises! prize wheel



Game Alley: Get your game on and play Duck Pond, Prize Wheel, Gumball Machine, and more!!!




Art Alley: Get creative with crafts, face painting, and lots more! Susquehanna Art Museum will help Buck a Book kids create origami books!



Enrichment Alley: Have fun and learn a few things while you’re at it! The Cumberland County Historical Society (along with George & Martha Washington!), Bosler Memorial Library, and the Rotary Club of Carlisle will be featured.



International Alley: Families from the International Fellows Program at the US Army War College will share music, costumes, and children’s books from their home countries. Learn about other cultures and have fun too!




Food Alley: Hungry? Food and drink with be available for purchase! George’s Subs & Pizza will be selling some Carlisle favorites!



Community Alley: Local businesses, non-profits, and community organizations will offer information about their services. And parents, Casses Chiropractic will be offering FREE massages!



ESC and Buck a Book Alley: Learn more about Employment Skills Center and the Buck a Book Literacy books-20clipart-school-girl2Campaign.


Don’t miss this fun evening of family entertainment! Wordy Worm will be stopping by along with other characters in costume.


ice creamEvery Buck a Book Kid who comes to the Kick-off can choose a free book to take home! They will also receive their first “Buck” for their campaign envelope, which will qualify them for the $1.00 level incentive prize from Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream! Yum!


PLUS, the class with the highest attendance of the night will receive $100 for classroom books!



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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Barnes & Noble 58 S. 32nd St., Camp Hill

Save the date! We will be holding a Buck a Book Bookfair at the Camp Hill Barnes & Noble on Saturday, February 6. There will be face painting and crafts, the Carlisle High School football team and cheerleaders will be reading stories, Carlisle High School and Carlisle Elementary students will perform, Sylvan Edge will offer fun STEM activities, and Buck a Book Kids will be reading their newly published Wordy Worm stories! A portion of all purchases made during the fair will go to support Buck a Book! Bring your friends and family, and your school will get points for everyone who comes with you. The school with the highest turnout and the most points will win $100 in free books from Buck a Book!


Schedule of Events:

9:00-11:00 am—Face Painting and Crafts

9:15-10:00 am—Students reading Wordy Worm stories

11:00 am-12:00 pm—Storytime with the CHS Football Team and Coach Oswalt

11:45 am-12:00 pm—CHS Cheerleaders leading reading cheers

12:00-1:00 pm—Storytime with CHS Cheerleaders

12:00-2:00 pm—Face Painting and Crafts

1:30-3:00 pm—Students reading Wordy Worm stories

2:00-4:00 pm—Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) Activities with Sylvan Edge

3:00-4:00 pm—CHS Shakespeare Troupe

5:00-7:00 pm—Face Painting and Crafts

6:00-7:00 pm—CASD Elementary Music

6:00-7:00 pm—Mikesell Music Performance



Click here to download the B&N bookfair flyer and here for more vouchers to share or take with you when you shop. If you or your family and friends can’t attend the fair, please visit bn.com/bookfairs to support us online from 02/06/16 to 2/11/16. Just enter Bookfair ID 11736360 at checkout.



How the Campaign Works

Kids Read BooksBuck a Book Kids agree to read books during the campaign period and gather support from Reader Supporters who pledge to donate at least a “buck a book” or more to the cause of literacy in our community. Participants discover the direct connection between literacy in our schools and literacy in our community. Reader Supporters may be family members, neighbors, or other family-approved contacts. Whether they read one book or 140 books (as one student reported), the kids show enormous pride and dedication in achieving their goals both for themselves and for the cause of literacy. Students develop a true understanding of how their hard work can benefit both themselves and others.


Everybody Benefits from Par-ti-ci-pa-tion

Friends and FamilyThe campaign continues to stress participation. Raising funds for adult literacy is the financial goal of the campaign. Participation means that the student commits to read and gathers support of at least $1.00 from extended family or other community members. Students are instructed to campaign under the guidance of a parent or guardian.





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Community Readers

 Community MembersAs an integral part of the campaign, all K-5 students are read to by members of the community during their regularly scheduled library periods.  Community Readers could be anyone from adult education students and educators to firefighters and musicians!  Many thanks to our Carlisle Area School District Elementary Librarians, Linda Kean, Emily Horn, and Alanna Justice, for hosting our community readers and providing enthusiasm and encouragement.





Local BusinessesThe envelope for this year’s campaign gives Buck a Book Kids the opportunity to list all the books they plan to read along with the names of their Reader Supporters. The incentive prizes are also listed on the face of the envelope. Incentive prizes are donated by area businesses, organizations, and community members. Tom Leo of Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream once again leads off our incentives with FREE ice cream for every Buck a Book Kid who gathers support of $1.00 or more! Bosler and Amelia Givin libraries will be giving away free books to kids. Buck a Book Kids who raise $50 or more can choose between the new 2016 Wordy Worm t-shirt or a Wordy Worm lunch bag and mood cycle water bottle! The Carlisle Theatre, Cumberland County Historical Society, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet are offering fantastic prizes as well!


Kids Earn PrizesSome lucky Buck a Book Kids will win the drawings for raffle prizes including a brand new Razor A Kick Scooter and an iPod Touch! The list of prizes and incentives continues to grow, and we want to thank all our sponsors for ensuring this campaign is a great success!

Trophies will be awarded to schools for the most participation, the most funds raised, and the most creative Buck a Book campaign. This year, the school with the most creative campaign will receive a special visit from Susquehanna Art Museum’s VanGO! museum on wheels!

Who will win this year?




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Adults in Our Community Benefit

All funds raisedAdults improveFourteen percent of adults in Cumberland County have not received their high school diplomas. Many other adults are in need of basic literacy instruction to help them navigate daily life and secure family-sustaining jobs. Through adult basic education programming, students enrolled at the Employment Skills Center become more effective parents, employees, and community members. All of this is made possible through community support provided in part by the Buck a Book campaign.




View our 2016 Buck a Book photos below!



Grace Pak was the top Buck a Book Fundraiser in 2013.

Hear what Buck a Book and the ESC mean to her family below!

Buck a Book Parent Interview from Employment Skills Center on Vimeo.



Listen to the Buck a Book Cheer below. Let’s hear it for literacy in our community!

Buck a Book Cheer from Employment Skills Center on Vimeo.


If you have any questions regarding the Buck a Book Literacy campaign or would like to know how you can get involved, please contact Art Kunst at akunst@employmentskillscenter.org

View our Buck a Book brochure here                                                                                           FacebookButton


Thank you to the following businesses and organizations for supporting the campaign as Buck a Book sponsors!


Thank you to our “First Edition” lead sponsor, M&T Bank!






Special Thanks to “Best Seller” Sponsor, Martson Law Offices!


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