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BJC Book Brigade is back to encourage reading among third-graders

Author: ROBERT S./Monday, February 11, 2019

BJC The BJC Book Brigade is back. From Feb. 11-March 15, BJC will collect online book donations to give every graduating second-grader attending public school in the communities BJC serves a new book to read during the summer of 2019.

Entering the fourth year of the BJC Book Brigade, BJC has provided more than 73,000 second-graders with a new book to read during their summer vacation. This year, BJC is expected to provide 26,000 books to nearly 400 elementary schools throughout the communities BJC serves, including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Columbia, Sullivan and Farmington in Missouri; and Alton, Belleville and Shiloh in Illinois.

Studies have shown that a third-grader’s reading proficiency can improve the likelihood they will graduate from high school and live a healthier life, which is why all BJC donations will go to graduating second-graders.

June Fowler

“Reading books can open up so many opportunities, and we want to encourage childhood literacy, because we specifically know it is related to health outcomes,” says June McAllister Fowler, BJC senior vice president of communications, marketing and public affairs, who is the executive sponsor of the BJC Book Brigade program. “Each year, we receive thank you messages from students, and I hope they remember how BJC team members care for them and are committed to their health today and in the future.”

Everyone is invited to visit to purchase your book donation online. The BJC Book Brigade program is open to everyone, including patients, families and friends.

Each book costs only $2.50, thanks to BJC’s partnership with Scholastic books.

Contact Alice Dunlap, BJC communications and marketing consultant II,, or Emily Brasel, BJC communications director,, with questions.

Make your BJC Book Brigade online donation before March 15.

Watch this short video to see how you can help children living in communities BJC serves:


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2/13/2019 8:37 AM

A big "Thank You," to everyone involved in coordinating the BJC Book Brigade! I enjoy participating, every year.


Charlotte Smith

2/26/2019 9:20 AM

Please, is there a way to make a donation via payroll deduction or through PayPal? I don't put my credit card on line, but would like to participate. I was all set to contribute until I got to the bottom of the page and saw that I had to make my contribution via credit card. Thank you.


Diane Cogorno

3/11/2019 9:49 PM

I love that BJC does this!

As a book lover (personally) and a book lady (professionally) myself, I am delighted to see this event happen again, and love making a donation for those happy learning readers!

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