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Dinner raises funds for preschool literacy

A fundraising dinner aims to help local children from low-income families break the cycle of poverty – with books.

Through the DeKalb/Sycamore Bookcase Project, 50 local children will receive handcrafted oak bookcases and a collection of new or gently used preschool-level books of their very own. The bookcases are built by volunteers, and each bears a nameplate engraved with the child’s name. The bookcases will be presented to children at a banquet in the spring.

On Feb. 20, a fundraising banquet will be held to raise money for materials and to collect books to stock the bookcases. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at DeKalb High School, 501 W. Dresser Road.

Dana Stover, the wife of Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker, will emcee the evening.

Tickets cost $16 each, or tables of eight are available for $125. Entertainment will be provided by the DeKalb High School A Cappella Choir. Each diner will receive a free copy of “Learning, Earning and Giving Back: A Guide to a Happy and Successful Life,” by nationally syndicated columnist Jim Davison, the founder of A Bookcase for Every Child.

Guests are invited to bring new or very gently used books appropriate for children ages 3 to 5. No religious texts or books for older readers.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or reserved and held at the door. For tickets or reservations, call John Rey at 815-758-8577 or send your name, address, number of tickets desired and a check made payable to the DeKalb/Sycamore Bookcase Project to P.O. Box 1174, DeKalb, IL 60115. Reservations must be received by Wednesday. Call Rey for more information.

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