An Oahu literacy group is conducting a get-out-the-vote campaign in hopes that Hawaii can once again win a national contest and get thousands of free books for needy children.
First Book Oahu is directing people to the First Book-Cheerios Trivia Challenge at http://booksforkids.firstbook.org/jonscieszka/index.php. For each correct answer, the participant gets one "vote" for the state of his or her choice. The five states with the most votes will get 20,000 books to distribute in their state. (Hint - make the web site a favorite on your desktop and click it every day.)
Local residents and supporters made Hawaii the national winner of 50,000 new books for needy children last year.
This year, First Book and Cheerios have teamed up with best-selling children's author Jon Scieszka to distribute 100,000 new books to kids in need across the country.
Scieszka is also the founder of Guys Read, a nonprofit organization dedicated to motivating boys to read by connecting them with materials they will want to read, in ways they like to read, according to the First Book website.
The books will be distributed through community-based programs serving children in need. To be eligible, at least 80% of the children the programs serve must be from low-income families, and the programs must sign up with First Book at its online registration page, http://booksforkids.firstbook.org/register.
The contest runs through Aug. 31, 2010. Urge families and children you know to take the Trivia Challenge so Hawaii can again be the national winner.
Barbara Abe, Realtor
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