WDET members and GPS team up to put over 28,000 books in the hands of Metro Detroit kids
“GPS is excited to partner with WDET, one of Detroit’s leading community voices, to address reading and Detroit area children not having books in their homes. We are thrilled that GPS and WDET could come together with the great citizens of Detroit to raise 28,214 books for one of the most critical issues facing our city. Thank you to all of those that donated and helped us to support such an important cause to our future.”
~Gary Cone and Aimee Cowher, Global Productivity Solutions
“The Books for Kids Challenge helps us get books into the hands of kids. Too many of our kids don’t have access to books at home. The WDET listeners join with us as we distribute books to help shape the future of our communities and world.”
~Menachem Kniespeck, Founder, Operation Kid Equip
WDET reports on important issues and positive changes in our community. Issues like education, food access, and the overall health and well-being of our kids. But we also take things a step further by joining forces with our listeners to MAKE positive changes happen in the place we all call home.
Having books in the home can add more than THREE YEARS to a child’s education. That’s the difference between a 9th grade education and a High School Diploma. But for too many in our region, just putting a meal on the table is a struggle and there there are no funds to buy books.
WDET and Global Productivity Solutions (GPS) decided to join forces to change that. GPS supports WDET’s efforts to create an informed and engaged Detroit and believe in giving every child a chance at fulfilling their potential. It’s their mission to be known as a company that makes a difference for their customers, employees and communities – and they know that WDET listeners want to make a difference, too. That’s why we created our latest Community Impact Campaign, The GPS Books For Kids Challenge, to help end the cycle of illiteracy.
The challenge was simple and important. GPS committed to matching every dollar given to WDET on October 15th with a book for a local child in need. Nearly 250 people stepped up to meet the challenge and collectively, we made it possible for over 28,000 books to be provided to kids in our region through Operation Kid Equip. 28,000!. THAT is the power of public radio.