CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the Charlotte area, like many other places in the country, many children go without books because their parents just don't have the money.
"I like to read Dr. Seuss books," says 6-year old Keyoneie Jackson.
She will proudly tell you that she is already a pretty good reader, thanks to her mother.
"When I was a baby she used to read a lot of stories to me and that is how I learned," Keyoneie explains.
She is fortunate to have had that early exposure to reading and she is helping spread reading to others.
Kids like Keyoneie have joined up with two local social service agencies, Promising Pages and Classroom Central to fill collection boxes with 200,000 new or gently used books for kids.
"200,000 might sound like a lot to you or to me but it is not, considering there are 100,000 children who are growing up in poverty in this very community," said the Executive Director of Promising Pages, Kristina Cruise.
Sarah Porter of Classroom Central said the need for books and other school supplies is greatest during the summer when classroom are closed.
"A lot of students we serve don't have access to books, pens, markers, or colored pencils; all the items they need during the summer to keep learning," she explains.
Donation boxes donated by area school kids will start showing up in local businesses. The drive will run from May 2 through May 13.