A Generation of Literacy - Congrats Gary & Bev celebrating 30th OSC
 
The Rotary Club of Northbrook announces the kickoff of the 30th year of Operation Santa Claus [OSC], an initiative that brings the gift of literacy to 1,200 inner city children every year during the holiday season.  This life changing mission was the brainchild of Rotarians and retired elementary school Principals Gary Moriello and Beverly Hides-Moriello.
 
The Moriello’s stress that the gift of a book can be critical to supporting good - as is backed by studies such as this: Whether rich or poor, illiterate or college graduates, parents who have books in the home increase the level of education their children will attain, according to a 20-year study led by Mariah Evans, University of Nevada, Reno associate professor of sociology and resource economics.
 
The program works with two inner city schools, Goethe Elementary in Chicago and Forrestal Elementary in North Chicago.  The goal is for each child (from Pre-K through eighth grade) to receive their own new books. Each child creates a list of books for their "wish list."  Sponsors get involved when they commit to funding as many book-lists as they can, which are around $30 each.  They can purchase the books, wrap them for the big day.  The Operation Santa Claus team makes the final delivery of books to the children at a festive school event.
 
“If you don’t have time to shop and wrap, OSC will shop for you! Simply make a donation to cover the number of children’s book-lists you want to sponsor.” says Beverly Hides-Moriello.
 
“It’s important that all children in the participating classes receive books. This year families and businesses are looking for ways to connect by doing something for those less fortunate.” states Gary Moriello. “This is a project has been supported by many individuals who live or work in or near Northbrook for many years, but we can always use more participants to make sure that not one child is ever left out. 
 
Book Bin has been participating for years, too. Sponsors can drop off their lists to this local independent book seller and owner Ally Gilley and her team will shop and wrap for you. OSC picks the books up from the shop. Book Bin also donates a portion of these sales back to OSC.”
 
“We hope you’ll join us to provide books and love for these precious children through the gift of books!” Interested?  To receive more information, email Gary Moriello at gary3540@aol.com for the sponsorship/participation guidelines.