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My Future, My Choice - Big Book Drive

College Hunks mascot pushing crates of booksWPLG Local 10 News wanted the children of South Florida to experience the joys and benefits of reading. That is why Local 10 launched the My Future, My Choice Big Book Drive.

My Future, My Choice is a multi-faceted, multi-year initiative to address youth gun violence and help pave a path to solutions and success. It began with a town hall meeting in April, along with editorials, public service announcements, and weekly news stories.

The Big Book Drive is one component of the station’s commitment to spread a positive message to South Florida youth. They can choose their future and achieve their goals.

Research shows that an alarming number of kids who fail to graduate high school were poor third-grade readers. Further, low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement over the summer. In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13 to one, while in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one book for every 300 children.

However, there is good news.

Research also indicates the most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print.

From June 20 through Aug. 31, 2016, Local 10 joined forces with Miami-Dade County and Broward County Public Libraries, Walgreens and other private businesses to collect new books for kids. On Friday, July 15, 2016, Local 10 News anchors Todd Tongen and Neki Mohan hopped aboard a yellow school bus to collect your donations. We filled that bus from floor to ceiling. That is where the Hollywood location of College HUNKS Hauling Junk and Moving came into play.

College Hunks mascot in classroom with childrenLocal 10 does a great job of reporting the news, but when it came to the logistics of actually moving over 15,000 books, College HUNKS. came to the rescue. A few days before the event, the local franchisee saw a news clip about the book drive and volunteered the H.U.N.K.S. The H.U.N.K.S. came out in force to collect the books and load them into a moving truck and then unload them at Local 10’s headquarters. We have also assisted Local 10 in distributing the books to several schools throughout Broward and Miami-Dade County.

We look forward to continuing to assist with the My Future, My Choice initiative and look to further one of our missions of Building Leaders.

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Big Book Drive News Segment

Credit: Local 10

Blog post courtesy of Richard Tommer – Franchise Owner of College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving Fort Lauderdale