Program provides 10,000 books for local children this summer
From staff reports
The United Way of the Lowcountry is partnering with Pi Phi, The Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County and the Beaufort County School District to provide nearly 10,000 free books to children this summer as part of a new program called The Book Drop Extravaganza.
This program was designed to get books into the hands of children throughout our community this summer to encourage them to read.
“Becoming a stronger reader is achieved through practice, just like becoming better at sports or an instrument,” English Language Arts Coordinator for Beaufort County School District Melissa Murray said in a release. “The more you practice, the better you become. Our goal is to spread fun and joy around reading. Think of the fun, having so many children reading the same book at the same time.”
Through August 2, free books including picture books and chapter books will be available for students at Beaufort County meal drop sites, lending libraries, and public libraries throughout Beaufort County.
Each Monday morning, books will be dropped off at each of the sites listed below and will be available until they run out. There will also be enrichment activities, book readings, and more to go along with each book on United Way of the Lowcountry’s website at www.uwlowcountry.org/book-drop-extravaganza.
“Fight the summer slump by picking up a book to read,” USCB Associate Professor of Literacy and United Way of the Lowcountry’s Education Impact Chair Renarta Tompkins said. “You may not be able to leave the house, but your mind can travel anywhere with a book.”
Grants provided by Pi Phi, United Way of the Lowcountry, and the Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County, in partnership with Beaufort County School District have made this program possible.
For more information, visit United Way of the Lowcountry’s website at www.uwlowcountry.org/book-drop-extravaganza.
BOOK DROP LOCATIONS
Beaufort County Meal Drop Sites (9 a.m.-noon)
Bluffton Middle School
Battery Creek High School
St. Helena Elementary School
Whale Branch Middle School
Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center
Hilton Head Island Elementary/ Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts
Red Cedar Elementary
Port Royal Elementary
Pat Conroy Literacy Center
USCB Center for the Arts (Beaufort)
United Way of the Lowcountry (Beaufort)
Hilton Head Library
St. Helena Library