Buck a Book Literacy Campaign 2017

THANK YOU to everyone who made this year’s Buck a Book campaign a great success! The funds raised will allow 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 and to Mooreland Elementary for winning the trophy for Most Funds Raised Per Capita. Until next year, keep on reading!


Meet our top readers who participated in the 2017 Buck a Book Literacy Campaign. Their posters will be hung in the children’s section of Bosler Memorial Library to honor their achievement and to let everyone know that reading is FUN!





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Wordy Worm is back with another exciting Buck a Book Literacy Campaign for 2017! 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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Thanks, Wordy Writers

Wordy Worm was curious about a few things and asked the Buck a Book Kids for some help. Our Wordy Writers came up with some great stories and ideas. Are you wondering what they wrote? Just click on the cover to start reading Wordy Worm Wonders!




Kickoff Rally and Fair—Monday, January 9, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm


This year’s Kickoff Event is going to be an exciting evening celebrating literacy and reading! It was so much fun last year, we are once again holding the Kickoff at 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:


booksAuthors! You can meet local children’s book authors and illustrators including Matt Novak, Sharon Cree, Cynthia Sudor, Loriann Hock, Jennie K. Brown, Sherri Maret, Tracey Jones, Courtney Montepara, Nancy Farrow, Val Jones, Toni Albert and illustrator Margaret Brandt, Stephen Kozan, and Michael and Ethan Sgrignoli. They will have books available for purchase plus some surprises! You can even enter a raffle for a chance to win an autographed book!prize wheel




Games! Get your game on and play Duck Pond, Prize Wheel, Gumball Machine, and more!!!




Crafts! Get creative with crafts, face painting, and lots more!




Community Organizations! Have fun and learn a few things while you’re at it! The Cumberland County Historical Society, and Bosler Memorial Library will be featured. Local businesses, non-profits, and community organizations will offer information about their services.




Food! Hungry? Food and drink will be available for purchase! George’s Subs & Pizza will be selling some Carlisle favorites, Horner’s Corner BBQ will be offering family friendly items, and Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream will be serving up some yummy treats!




Remember to drop by Employment Skills Center’s display to learn more about our adult education programs and the Buck a Book Literacy books-20clipart-school-girl2Campaign!


Don’t miss this fun evening filled with 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!




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.


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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! Would you like to share your love of reading along with a great book? Follow this link to choose a school, class, and time! Many thanks to our Carlisle Area School District Elementary Librarians, Sue Boyles, 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 will receive the new 2017 Wordy Worm t-shirt! 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.

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 2017 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.



Learn why becoming a Buck a Book sponsor helps our community!


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! Learn how your contribution supports adult education here!


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






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


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