From December 4-10,2004 six IEEE
volunteers (Charlie Neuhauser,
Silbert, Issac Leung, David Fong, Sherry Woo, and Kara Poon sorted
thousands of books
them into various boxes for distribution. This year was Charlie's
first year. He had some good ideas to improve the productivity :
use bar code system to easily identify the grade and age range for each
We had fun with the other volunteers from different non-profit
Books were distributed by Daisy Cheng and David Fong to the following
schools between December 11,2004 - January 4,2005.
Thanks to "Kids in Common" and "San Jose Mercury"
we were able to sort books and distribute books
to over 3650 children in the Santa Clara Valley Area.
Two thousand more books than last year.
Most are from low-income immigrants and migrant families.
About 100 books were in Spanish.
Breakdown in books
Anderson Elementary School, San Jose
300 books given to children who attended the reading center
Scott Lane Elementary School, Santa Clara
400 + 35 Spanish books given to children who attended the homework
McKinley Elementary School, San Jose
400 books to children and their parents
Castro Mariano Elementary School, Mtn View
400 books to homework center
Cesar Chavez Academy (Middle School), East Palo Alto
500 books to be distributed to students
August Boeger Jr High School, San Jose (East)
300 books to reading center to be given to students
Mt Pleasant High School, San Jose (East)
185 books to students who participate in the reading center
Castro Middle School, San Jose
430 books to homework center to be given to students
Rogers Middle School, San Jose
200 books to homework center to be given to students
Westmont High School, San Jose
186 books to homework center to be given to students
Del Mar High School, San Jose
130 books given to Special Education teacher and her students.
20 Vietnamese books were given to a company's employees who wanted to
teach their children a book with bilingual wordings:English
Some of the stories :
"Thank you for the box of books.
I found a good book in the box.
I just wanted to write back and thank you."
"Thank you so much for
"Point Blank". I enjoy fiction books a lot.
You gift is cool."
appreciate the book because I am an athlete.
And I need all the reading. I need thanks thinking of
children who need books so that they can exhale in life.
I will take in consideration to what you're doing."
think you so much for "Treasure Island". I enjoy
adventure books. You gift will help me in school work
so I have a book to read for book reports."
Cart of books to be sorted
Garage of books to be delivered. Only one-third of the books are
Closeup of the books to be delivered.