Close to home, the gently used, rescued books have enhance the lives of students in many low income school districts, alternative schools, and special-ed programs through out Illinois. Every year, SCARCE participages in the Catholic Charities Back to School Fair. Our goal is to provide a good selection of books so that each child can choose one ot two books of interest. At this event, SCARCE also provides as many dictionaries (English and Spanish) and Thesauruses as possible. At the 2009 Catholic Charities Back-to-School fair, SCARCE gave out over 11,000 books to the 1,147 families (5,688 individuals) who attended. Attendance was up by 1,400 from the previous year.
All teachers are welcome to check out our Book Rescue as a free resource for your school.
Around the world, your donated books & supplies have also found new homes in schools, orphanages, hospitals, confined youth centers and libraries in 25% of the countries around the world - including Kenya, China, India, Lithuania, Columbia, Honduras, Costa Rica, Uganda and many more... Check out the map to see where children are using your donated books and school supplies! SCARCE collects the books and partners with other organizations that ship and deliver them.
Letter from Costa Rica!