Educational Institutions

Book Worm Angels

  • Chicago, IL
  • www.bookwormangels.org

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Mission Statement

Book Worm Angels is a literacy organization which promotes development of recreational reading habits among students pre-kindergarten through 8th grade in underperforming schools by providing in-classroom lending libraries with books they can take home to read with their parents. We secure the new and gently-used recreational reading books for these libraries from book drives we hold among elementary and middle schools and from companies and organizations.

Main Programs

  1. In-Classroom Lending Libraries

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Service Areas

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Illinois

Chicago and Aurora, Illinois; Gary and Hammond, Indiana; Atlanta, Georgia: Lowell, Massachusetts, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Mr. Michael Ban

Keywords

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literacy, parent/child reading, lending libraries, elementary schools

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EIN

43-1972483

 Number

8277076901

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Establishes the habit of reading outside of school for recreation and education, reinforcing evidence that parents reading with children is critical to literacy. 2010-11 reading score results among Chicago public elementary schools show that reading scores in Book Worm Angels schools increased at almost twice the rate of the all-school average. We now serve over 100,000 at-risk children in 197 schools, 177 of which are in the Chicago Public Elementary School System.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

In-Classroom Lending Libraries

We provide 10 recreational reading books per student in every classroom in participating schools, and we provide teachers with a program to encourage in-home reading with parents, relatives, and caregivers. We return to each participating school annually to refresh the in-classroom libraries, providing 2-3 additional books per child. We currently serve 174 schools - 162 in Chicago, 3 in Aurora, IL, 2 in Gary, IN, 3 in Hammond, IN, 3 in Atlanta, GA, and one in Lowell, MA. We have collected and distributed over 1.5 million books.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$125,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

Chicago and Aurora, Illinois; Gary and Hammond, Indiana; Atlanta, Georgia: Lowell, Massachusetts, Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Funding Needs

We are a single program organization, with a very high percentage of our budget going to the funding of that program. Accordingly, we are in need of general operating funds.

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Book Worm Angels

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Michael Ban

BIO

Successful business executive committed to literacy.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Book Worm Angels provides an unmet need in low-income households, most of whom have no history of parents/caregivers reading with children, nor with a home library. The Book Worm Angels provides at-risk children with a selection of books they can take home to read, supported by a program the teachers use to encourage in-home reading and track behavior related to that reading. Once we partner with a school, with an initial supply of 10 books per student, we continue to support the school with replenishment supplies on an annual basis as long as they comply with our four simple rules:
1. The program is totally voluntary.
2. There is no penalty for lost or damaged books.
3. The principal must communicate at least annually with parents, encouraging them to read with their children at home for at least 20 minutes a day.
4. Teachers are requested to respond to our annual survey regarding use of the program by their students.
 
Reading score improvements and survey results corroborate Book Worm Angels mission through increases in reading scores and incidence of children reading books at home with parents."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Robert Taylor

A. Robert Taylor and Associates

Term: Mar 2011 - Feb 2012

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