Each month we spotlight a local non-profit with our Giving ProjectDoing Well, by Doing Good.

This September we’re raising funds for a campaign near and dear to our hearts: Each year, KGUN 9 participates in the Scripps Howard Fund‘s If You Give a Child a Book campaign.

For a second straight year, students from Nash Elementary in the Amphi District will benefit from our “If You Give a Child a Book” campaignthe money raised will go directly to purchasing books for the students to take home.

Julie Gates has been passing along that love of reading for 32 years as a teacher at Nash Elementary.

“Oh my goodness, reading opens the world to kids. I love reading and I try to pass that love of reading on to the children every single day,” says Gates.

KGUN 9 and our parent company, E.W. Scripps, hope to pass along the love for reading.

Scripps has identified a gap in literacy programs, which typically stop once the child enters kindergarten. So Scripps created the “If You Give a Child a Book” campaign through its philanthropic fund.

“The number of books in a child’s home is actually one of the greatest predictors of a child’s success,” says Meredith Delaney, Scripps Director of Philanthropic Strategies.

Now in its 8th year, we turn to our KGUN 9 viewers to help with this annual campaign.

The money raised will bring a free Scholastic Books book fair for students at Amphi’s Nash Elementary School, located in a low-income neighborhood.

Last year, the 300 students at Nash picked out 6 books apiece. This year, our goal is to raise enough for 10 books each, helping the young scholars build their home libraries.

There are a few simple ways for you to donate to our “If you give a child a book” campaign.

You can donate a number of ways: text givingproject to 50155, visit the Giving Project section of our website, or simply use the form below.

All of the money raised goes directly to the If You Give a Child a Book campaign to purchase books for the kids at Nash Elementary.