Three downtown Edmonds businesses promoting literacy March 1-31

Cat in hat

The Cat in the Hat will appear at the Edmonds Bookshop March 8.

Three Downtown Edmonds businesses are partnering with the Seattle Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi throughout March to help eradicate illiteracy in Washington state. Even the Cat in the Hat is getting involved.

Comstock Jewelers, Revelations Yogurt and The Edmonds Bookshop are committing the entire month of March for this project in honor of Dr. Seuss’s  (March 2, 1904). The objective is to collect as many new children’s books as possible, which will be donated to at-risk children in Washington state who have never owned a new book nor have any books in their homes, said organizer Kim Kimmy of Edmonds.

New books will be distributed through Page Ahead and gently used, unmarked books will be donated through Treehouse, an organization dedicated to providing resources to foster children.

The Edmonds Bookshop will give a 20 percent discount throughout the month for any books purchased for this effort. Donors will be rewarded each time they donate with entries for two drawings, one at Comstock Jewelers and the other at Revelations Yogurt — both locations for the book collection boxes. On April 1 Revelations Yogurt will award a $5 gift card and a free cup of coffee, and Comstock Jewelers will hold a drawing for a fine jewelry item. Donors may enter at either or both locations each day they bring donated books.

To make the event even more fun, and to encourage children to be excited about reading, the Cat in the Hat will pose for photos and read to any children who stop by the Edmonds Bookshop on Saturday, March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Books can be for any age, but the most ideal are books for ages 6 and under such as picture books and board books,” said Brian Comstock, owner of the downtown Edmonds jewelry store that has assisted the Seattle Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi with literacy projects for the past several years.

Studies shows that the number-one predictor of academic success in childhood is children who have books in the home and are read to on a regular basis. Last year, Page Ahead distributed more than 107,000 new books to 35,000 children in need in 22 counties across Washington, many of which were donated through Pi Beta Phi’s literacy projects.

Comstock Jewelers is located at 411 Main St., Revelations Yogurt is at 527 Main St. and the Edmonds Bookshop is at 111 5th Ave. S.. Book collection is the entire month of March, but note that Comstock Jewelers is closed Sundays and Mondays.

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