A huge THANK YOU to the following community partners for hosting a book donation bin or a cash donation box:

Please patronize these Tustin businesses to thank them for helping us help others!

Americana Getaway
111 Fashion Lane
Assistance League Thrift Shop
445 El Camino Real
Baum Orthodontics
14772 Plaza Drive #100
BeauShar Salon
13112 Newport Avenue #J
BIKE 2 the Beat
2779 El Camino Real
Blue Buoy Swim School
1702 Nisson Road
138 W Main Street
Chemers Gallery
17300 17th Street  #G
City of Tustin
300 Centennial Way
DK’s Donuts
1082 Irvine Blvd
El Camino Café
195 El Camino Real
Enerji Barre
18331 Irvine Blvd
First Team Real Estate
17240 E. 17th Street
Full Body Pilates
155 El Camino Real  #C
H Foster Jackson
17350 17th Street
17501 E. 17th Street #100
I-5 Self Storage
2631 Michelle Drive
Mrs. B's Consignments, etc
155 W. Main Street
NM Law
15147 Woodlawn Avenue
North Hills Realty
17771 17th Street
OC Performing Arts Guild
3002 Dow #106
Old Town Flooring
160 E. Main Street
Once Upon a Storybook
17300 17th Street #C
Orchard Supply Hardware
1091 Old Irvine Blvd
Paul R. Murray, D.M.D. 
17542 Irvine Blvd, Suite E
Peets Coffee
12932 Newport Ave
Pineapple Hill Grill
654 First Street
Ruby’s Diner
13102 Newport Avenue
158 West Main Street

Scooters Mailboxes, Cards & Gifts
360 E First Street
Seven Gables Realty
12651 Newport Ave
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
3032 El Camino Real
17245 17th Street
1450 El Camino Real
15071 Newport Ave
The Lost Bean Organic Coffee & Tea
13011 Newport Avenue
Trader Joe’s
1198 Irvine Blvd
Tustin Area Senior Center
200 So. C Street
Tustin Awards, Inc.
1322 Bell Avenue #1-A
Tustin Chamber of Commerce
700 W. 1st Street #7
Tustin Community Bank
13891 Newport Avenue
Tustin Hills Racquet Club
11782 Simon Ranch Road
Tustin Police Department
300 Centennial Way
Tustin Public Schools Foundation
150 El Camino Real #140
Tustin Ranch Golf Club
12442 Tustin Ranch
Tustin Unified School District
300 S. C Street
Union Bank
13201 Jamboree Road
13300 Newport Avenue 
Yang Dentistry
14772 Plaza Drive #100
Zama Tea & Kombucha
434 El Camino Real
Zov’s Bakery
17440 17th Street

National Charity League
Tustin Area Woman's Club
Tustin Host Lions Club
Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary Club



The Assistance League of Tustin, Tustin Community Foundation and Tustin Public Schools Foundation thank everyone who helped make our 1st COLLABORATIVE IMPACT PROGRAM the March 2018 Book Drive for Tustin School and Classroom Libraries a gigantic success. It started with a TCF community grant application asking for books for 1 school library and now EVERY school in the TUSD will receive new books!

The results exceeded our expectations!
~ More than 8700 books were donated ~
~ Plus, over $1400 donated to buy more books ~
Thank you book club members, local businesses, service organizations, children and adults ... old books, new books, red books, blue books!

We couldn't have done it without storage and boxes ... 


It's never too late to help!  100% of all monetary donations will be passed on to TUSD librarians to purchase even more books.  Click HERE to donate.
When children have a strong foundation of learning, they are able to stay on track to remain in school, graduate and pursue post-secondary education and training to successfully transition into adulthood.

America’s literacy crisis has reached epidemic proportions, with millions of children and adults affected each and every year by a never-ending cycle of educational disadvantage.

• 93 million adults in the U.S. read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to society.i• Children’s early vocabulary skills are linked to their economic backgrounds. • By 3 years of age, there is a 30 million word gap between children from the wealthiest and poorest families.ii • 34 percent of children entering kindergarten lack the basic language skills needed to learn how to read.iii • The first three years of schooling are a critical time to learn the basic skills needed to tackle a more advanced curriculum yet many who enter fourth grade struggle with reading. • 65 percent of fourth graders read at or below the basic level.iv • As curriculum advances, these children will fall behind. • There are significant gaps in reading achievement by race and income. • By the time children from low-income families enter grade school, their proficiency in reading has already become an issue. • 47 percent of fourth graders from low-income families read below the basic level. • 50 percent of Black fourth graders scored below the basic level, as do 47 percent of Hispanic and 49 percent of American Indian fourth graders.v • Summer is a critical time when students either leap ahead or fall behind • During the summer months, all children are at risk of losing some of the learning obtained during the school year. • This is especially true for children from low-income families. • More than 80 percent of children from economically disadvantaged communities lose reading skills over the summer because they lack access to books, learning resources, and such enrichment opportunities as trips to the library, bookstore, or museum. • Students who lose reading ability over the summer rarely catch up. • Over time, the summer learning slide can add up to the equivalent of three years of reading loss by the end of fifth grade.vi • A lack of academic achievement is a key reason for students to drop out of high school. • More than 8,000 students quit high school every day, limiting their financial potential and ability to become strong members of the workforce.vii • High-school-only graduates earn $17,500 less per year than those with four-year college degrees. • For those without a high school diploma or equivalent, the earnings gap is even greater.
i. National Center for Education Statistics. The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/2003495rev.pdf; ii. Colker, L. J. (2014). The word gap: The early years make the difference. Teaching Young Children, 7(3): 26–28. http://www.naeyc.org/tyc/article/the-wordgap; iii. Council on Early Childhood. (2014). Literacy promotion Pediatrics, 134(2): 404–409; iv. National Center for Education Statistics. The Nation’s Report Card: A First Look: 2013 Mathematics and Reading. http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/ subject/publications/main2013/pdf/2014451.pdf; v. Ibid.; vi. Alexander, K. L., Entwisle, D. R., and Olson, L. S. (2007). Lasting consequences of the summer learning gap. American Sociological Review, 72 (4): 167–180.; vii. Ibid.;