Grant story: A local legend of literacy

Feb 15, 2016

Once upon a time, a pirate came to San Diego County. Fifteen years later, he still roams this area of southern California. Now the Kiwanis International Foundation is helping to make sure he arrives with more treasure than ever.

As “Captain Book,” Morris Pike logs about 200 hours per year giving free books to children. The initiative was created in 2000 by the Greater Encinitas Kiwanis Club—including Pike, a club member and theater professor who reaches each destination in a converted ambulance called the Good Ship Literacy.

By seeking out partners like Scholastic, the club buys books at special prices. Thanks to our foundation’s grant, that means more children get more books. And thanks to generous members like you, a local legend sails on.

“Reading can take you anywhere you want to go,” says club member Dave Brookes. “Our goal is to get a book into the hands of every child who may not be able to have one of their own."