More Than Words: Gifts That Keep on Giving

“There are many ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
– Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Children in VOCEL’s preschool classroom love reading — with teachers, by themselves and with other children — so teachers ensure there’s always a great supply of books in the classroom. We were overjoyed when one of our partners, local non-profit organization, More Than Milk, helped ensure VOCEL children had the access to high-quality literature to bring this love of books home with them each day.

This spring, More Than Milk collected hundreds of quality storybooks to stock a Lending Library where children can check out and return new stories to share with their families at home. The group even created custom VOCEL labels to put on the inside front cover of each book they donated. 



Several children at VOCEL come in to the office every evening at pick up time to return their book from the night before and select a new one to bring home. Perhaps one of the greatest sources of excitement for many of the children is checking the inside cover for the label and then exclaiming, “This book belongs to my school!”


Young children love novelty whether it be finding a new song, playing with a new toy or reading a new book. On top of that, we’ve seen the Lending Library help develop children’s sense of responsibility as they carefully select a book, place it gently into a protective carrying case and remind their parents that they have to keep it safe so they can bring it back and borrow another book.

Thank you, More Than Milk for your support of VOCEL’s program, children and families!




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