Bright Star Books Donates to Children

Family's Generosity Opens Books For Thousands
Posted on 12/16/2021
kids(Jennifer Conn for Spectrum News)

A nonprofit that distributed thousands of free books to Summit County children came into being through the wishes of a little boy.

Keith and Christin Seher of Macedonia had talked for some time about various ways they could give back to the community, Keith Seher said. The couple works full-time — he for the federal government and she as an associate professor of practice and co-director of the [EX]L Center for experiential learning at The University of Akron.

In 2014, while reading a story to their three-year-old son, Keaton, the Sehers told the little boy that some children don’t have any books at home.

“Well, then we have to give them some,” Keaton earnestly replied.

Thus Bright Star Books was born, with the goal of putting age-appropriate reading material into the hands of children who have no books to read at home, Keith Seyer said. “We did an initial assessment of where we thought we can make the most difference and immediately realized that there weren't any really strong, strategic programs working toward giving books to younger children,” he said.

Because Bright Star doesn’t hold its own events, if flies somewhat under the radar. But from 2014 to 2019, the nonprofit distributed more than 170,000 books, giving 40,000 children at least one book, the group said. More than 300 volunteers have assisted Bright Star, which works with about 50 partners.

The nonprofit frequently works in partnership with Summit County Public Health and the Akron Public Schools district through programs like WIC, Head Start and Akron Hope, he said. Read more here >>.
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