September Dime in Time

The Moscow Food Co-op’s A Dime in Time program for September features the Team First Book-University of Idaho Advisory Board. First Book, a national non-profit (firstbook.org), is dedicated to putting books into the homes of limited-income children on a regular basis, creating home libraries and a culture of reading.

First Book works with children’s book publishers to make new books available at reduced cost so that children from qualified groups can choose their own books and build home libraries. Since 2004, our Campus Advisory Board, made up of University of Idaho English majors (through Sigma Tau Delta, the academic and service honorary), Pi Beta Phi sorority members, and Moscow community members, has met monthly planning fundraisers, writing grants, and distributing books.

Last year, our Team First Book-UI board sponsored our annual Spaghetti Feed ‘n Read, participated in Moscow’s Alternative Giving Market, and received a grant from the Latah County Community Foundation. These efforts resulted in our awarding seven Title 1 recipient groups with book-purchasing grants totaling $4166. We distributed over 2083 books to over 500 children in Moscow, Potlatch, and Troy and on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation.

This year, we hope to maintain our financial support for the programs in Potlatch (the entire student body qualifies as a Title 1 school, 256 students), the elementary Title 1 program in Troy (53 students) and the three Moscow programs (125 students). The number of qualified groups who will be able to order books for children through First Book depends on how successful we are in fundraising.

We appreciate the Moscow Food Co-op choosing our organization as September’s Dime in Time recipient and thank Co-op shoppers for their support. Our Board is always interested in gaining new volunteers. University students who want to become involved should contact Matt Maw, maw3305@vandals.idaho.edu, 208-310-5815. Community people who would like to work with us should contact Elinor Michel, elinor@uidaho.edu, 882-4599 or Elizabeth Sloan, lizzieb@gmail.com, 208-596-9452.