JodiLee Mesirow displays her 2009 Angel of the Year award, presented to her by Book Worm Angels at its tenth anniversary celebration. Ms. Mesirow initiated and spearheaded book drives at Wilmette’s Baker Demonstration School, where students have collected more than 20,000 children’s books over the last seven years.

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Baker Demonstration School has received the 2009 Kermit W. Myers Achievement Award, presented by Book Worm Angels, for extraordinary contributions to the advancement of children’s recreational reading.  

By conducting book drives every spring since 2003, Baker students collected more than 20,000 gently used children’s books and presented them to the non-profit group.

Book Worm Angels, founded by Evanston resident Kermit Myers, gathers used children’s books and delivers them to participating Chicago public schools where the majority of students are reading below grade level. Students are encouraged to take the books home to read and are not penalized for damaged or lost books.

At the Book Worm Angels tenth anniversary celebration, Mr. Myers presented the award to Addie Goodman, Evanston resident and director of advancement for Baker Demonstration School. 

In addition JodiLee Mesirow of Evanston was named Angel of the Year for 2009. A Baker parent, she initiated the school’s involvement with Book Worm Angels in 2003 and has spearheaded the school’s annual book drives. Since its founding in 1999, Book Worm Angels has collected more than 1.6 million books. The program serves approximately 100,000 students in more than 180 elementary schools in Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Lowell, Mass. 
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