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Bookmarks will hold a Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the William G. White Family YMCA at 775 West End Blvd. in Winston-Salem. Kids of all ages, parents, and teachers are invited to this free event to learn more about the 2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Program presented by Blue Door Group.

Attendees will enjoy pizza, games, prizes, and a short presentation by 2016 Festival Author Bonnie Doerr. All teachers that attend our Kick Off are entered into a raffle for a basket of Bookmarks’ goodies. The school with the most students and teachers in attendance at the Kick-Off will receive a $75 gift certificate to Bookmarks for books for their school library. Reservations may be made by e-mailing: / 336-747-1471.

Bookmarks Summer Reading Program, now in its second year, helps students, parents, and teachers prepare for the annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, which is being held September 8–10, 2016. K-12 students across North Carolina are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Program. Participants will have the chance to earn books and cash prizes up to $250. The program has book lists for Elementary, Middle, and High School students to read, enjoy and respond to over the summer through written, visual, and video responses.

In February, Bookmarks announced a new partnership with Blue Door Group of Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors. Blue Door Group will donate a percentage of all 2016 home commissions to support Bookmarks 2016 Summer Reading Program, helping to further Bookmarks’ mission of connecting readers with authors.


High Point University’s Impact Club brought 3,000 meals to 1,500 children in the Triad this past weekend. After partnering with the United Way, the Christian service fraternity filled 1,500 backpacks with two meals for each child.

“Impact Club’s meal packing event was extremely successful,” said Christen Cothran, president of Impact Club. “It is great to see everyone work together and have such a positive impact on our community. I am so thankful that God has used Impact to spread love, joy and hope throughout the community.”

The 3,000 meals that the students packed will be distributed to local elementary schools in the city of High Point through the United Way.

“Impact Club works hard every year to have service projects that make a real difference in the lives of those involved,” said Kathleen Kitts, vice president of Impact Club. “I am very lucky to be a part of such an inspiring organization and give back to the community in such a big way.”

HPU’s Impact Club gives back to the community in various ways throughout the year including the Impact Christmas event for members of the community at the Carl Chavis YMCA. At last year’s event, the HPU students sold Christmas gifts to more than 60 members of the community at a discounted price so parents had the opportunity to pick out gifts for their children.

“I am very grateful to have the opportunity to assist in planning and executing events that benefit the local High Point community,” said Alex Hostetler, incoming Impact Club president. “I am looking forward to our upcoming events and watching how the Lord uses this phenomenal organization to help individuals in need.” !