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Deerfield Family Sets Goal to Collect 10,000 Books for Lake County Kids; Calls on Local Residents to Help

Members of the Page It Forward Deerfield Team (pictured L to R: Brooke Jackson, Spencer Jackson, Michelle Jackson, Ryan Wilkov, Andee Wilkov, Ally Wilkov, Willie Wilkov) drop off two truckloads of new and gently used children’s books at Bernie’s Book Bank. The local team has already collected 5,000 books toward their personal goal of 10,000. North suburban residents who want to help, visit: https://www.facebook.com/PageItForwardDeerfield.

Members of the Page It Forward Deerfield Team (pictured L to R: Brooke Jackson, Spencer Jackson, Michelle Jackson, Ryan Wilkov, Andee Wilkov, Ally Wilkov, Willie Wilkov) drop off two truckloads of new and gently used children’s books at Bernie’s Book Bank. The local team has already collected 5,000 books toward their personal goal of 10,000. North suburban residents who want to help, visit: https://www.facebook.com/PageItForwardDeerfield.

Every child should have the opportunity to read and be read to, but the sad truth is that some kids in Lake County don’t have any books to call their own. Recognizing this need in their own community inspired Deerfield residents Willie and Andee Wilkov and their children, Ally and Ryan, to set a summer book collection goal as part of the Page It Forward program, which is sponsored by the United Way in partnership with Bernie’s Book Bank. The Wilkovs kicked off Page It Forward Deerfield (https://www.facebook.com/PageItForwardDeerfield) last month and have already collected 5,000 books toward their summer goal of 10,000.

“We have been energized by the amount of support we’ve gotten from our community in this effort,” says Willie Wilkov. “It seemed like a lofty goal when we set out, but now that we’ve hit the half-way mark, we are determined to get it done and we are reaching out to the wider community to ask for support.”

Wilkov and his family, along with fellow Deerfield and Northbrook residents, have made it easy for the entire community to participate in this worthwhile effort. With just seven weeks left to collect the remaining 5,000 books, there are several ways local residents can get involved:

•Collect & Drop Off Books
oBooks should be new or gently used and appropriate for children birth through 6th grade (age 12)
oBook can be dropped off in the containers on the front door steps at any of the following locations:
-830 Deere Park Court, Deerfield
-34 Willow Avenue, Deerfield
-Deerfield Park District, 836 Jewett Park Drive (Upper Level by Elevator)
-Capable Kids, 85 Revere Drive #G, Northbrook
-OR email pageitforwarddeerfield@gmail.com to schedule a pick-up.
•Make a Donation
oDonate online at: www.tinyurl.com/deerfieldbooks
oEvery $1.00 received allows Bernie’s Book Bank to collect, process and distribute 6 quality books!
•Volunteer Your Time
oHelp recruit participants
oCommit to collecting 100 books from people you know
oBe a location leader by setting up a collection box at your park district, religious or social group, gym, favorite restaurant, place of work, etc.

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