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Book Donation for Homeless Children

To benefit Children First Academy

Children First Academy inspires the motivation to learn by engaging students as critical thinkers, problem solvers and active citizens; they strive to serve the whole child by providing hope, fostering strength and facilitating self-determination.

100 percent of the students and their families are at or below the poverty line and a vast majority of the students are homeless. There are approximately 350 students, grades K-9, being educated on its grounds. The school provides stability and hope for kids amid a chaotic world of homelessness and hopelessness; many of the children live in motels, shelters and many live doubled-up. Children First Academy works to provide the necessities, care and attention that so many homeless and low socioeconomic children lack. Their five buses travel over 450 miles a day; changing routes to accommodate the transitional lives of studentsí families. This provides a consistent and stable environment for their kids. Once a month, food boxes are given to families. As a result of community donations, families receive hygiene kits, clothing, furniture and household items.

At each Phoenix-area convention at which WesternSFA is present there will be a special donation box near the Fan Table area. We will be collecting books to distribute to homeless children. This donation will stock the school library. The age ranges vary, but we would particularly like to see juvenile fiction. Please take some time to clear your shelves and closets of unwanted books and help a child.

We will take anything you bring - if you donate adult fiction, we have an agreement with a local bookseller to exchange adult fiction for juvenile fiction. So keep an eye out for the big Harry Potter donation box.

Hygiene items are also greatly needed. You could throw in any soap and shampoo you might have picked up at any hotels.

Sponsored by the Western Science Fiction Association (WSFA)

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