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Kohl's promotes literacy alongside fashion with reading program

Shoppers may know Kohl's for its large selection of affordable, trendy attire, but throughout the summer, the department store is hoping to be known for its big heart, too.

Now through Sept. 30, Kohl's will be selling children's books by Jane Yolen in an effort to promote literacy and raise funds for Kohl's Cares for Kids, a program that supports children's health and educational opportunities nationwide.

Titles such as "How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?" and "How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?" will be on sale for $5 each at area Kohl's stores. An accompanying plush dinosaur will be sold for an additional $5.

"Five dollars might not seem like much, but the collective result has had an amazing impact," said Julie Gardener, executive president and chief of marketing for Kohl's, in a press release.

The author of more than 170 children's books, Yolen's work mixes quick rhyming schemes with sensible lessons and colorful illustrations. Yolen's book "How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?" was recently named as an American Library Association Notable Book and was a Book Sense Book of the Year finalist. It will be available as part of the promotion.

In past years, authors such as Dr. Seuss, Jamie Lee Curtis and Eric Carle, as well as favorite characters like Charlie Brown and Curious George, have been featured in the Kohl's Cares for Kids summer reading program. Established in 2000, the program has expanded to 834 Kohl's stores in 46 states. In 2006, the program raised $22 million for children's health and education nonprofit organizations. To date, the program has generated more than $85 million for children's charities nationwide and has put millions of books into the hands of readers.

For more information about the program, visit www.kohls.com or www.kohlscorporation.com.

Cub Scouts use holiday to help out

During the Memorial Day weekend, Cub Scouts from Pack 517 worked to maintain the grounds at the cemetery at Luxomni Baptist Church, 175 Luxomni Road, Lilburn. The pack members also placed American flags on the graves of veterans and put up crosses by the road.

Go back to the past with VFW

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the USO will host "Come Back to the Past Visit the USO" from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 5257, 800 VFW Drive, Stone Mountain. Tickets are $10, and active duty personnel with valid ID card will be admitted for free. Call 770-498-3469 or 770-498-7022.

Hospital benefits from good looks

The Mr. and Miss Heart of the South Pageant will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28 at Point Church, 1465 Highpoint Road, Snellville. The pageant is a fundraiser for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Call 404-245-7870, 770-381-5285 or visit www.geocities.com/myheartofthesouth.

Are you aware of an event or project that benefits our community? Contact Anna Ferguson at 770-963-9205, ext. 1308, or anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com.