LCPS elementary schools are working to collect thousands of new and gently used books this month to give to students for summer reading and are asking for the help of Lenoir County residents, businesses and community groups in reaching that goal.
The NC Reads campaign aims to keep young students reading through their summer vacation and to eliminate the reading gap that contributes to what educators call summer learning loss.
In this annual campaign, parents, business leaders and community members are encouraged to donate new or gently used books to local elementary schools so that students have books to take home at the end of the school year.
Research shows that reading just five books helps a student maintain literacy skills over the summer.
With about 4,200 students in nine elementary schools, the total number of books needed so each student gets five exceeds 20,000.
“Our book drive is a great opportunity for the Lenoir County to become directly involved in an important educational activity – nothing less than helping youngsters become better readers,” Patrick Holmes, the school district’s public information officer, said.
“It’s hard to find a child who doesn’t like to read or to be read to, but it’s not hard to find children here who don’t have anything to read away from school,” Holmes said. “ NC Reads is the best cure for that condition.”
New and gently used books can be dropped off during regular school hours at any of the district’s elementary schools. Books can also be donated at the LCPS Central Office at 2017 W. Vernon Ave. Cash donations are also accepted. The campaign runs through May.
For more information on NC Reads, contact Holmes at 252-527-1109 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Locations of LCPS elementary schools can be found on this website under the Schools tab on the menu bar.