The BJC Book Brigade is back for the fifth year. From Feb. 3-March 20, BJC will collect online book donations to give every graduating second grader attending public school in the communities BJC serves a new book to read during the summer of 2020.
Since the BJC Book Brigade began in 2016, BJC has provided more than 100,000 second graders with a new book to read during their summer vacation. This year, BJC is expected to provide 27,000 books to nearly 400 elementary schools throughout the communities BJC serves, including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Columbia, Sullivan and Farmington in Missouri; and Alton, Belleville and Shiloh in Illinois.
Studies have shown that a third grader’s reading proficiency can improve the likelihood they will graduate from high school and live a healthier life, which is why all BJC donations will go to graduating second graders.
BJC employees are invited to visit BJCBooks.org to purchase their book donation online. The BJC Book Brigade program is open to everyone, including patients, families and friends.
Each book costs $2.50, thanks to BJC’s partnership with Scholastic books.
Make your BJC Book Brigade online donation before March 20
Look for a short video on BJCnet to see why the BJC Book Brigade is so important to the region and see BJC’s executive leaders continue a tradition of visiting local schools to read before summer break.