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School Receives Book Angels Donation

On Thursday, September 26th, Mr. Clarence B. Manning from Book Angels SC delivered over 1200 donated books to Jerry Zucker Middle School.  Students will be able to check out the books from their classroom libraries and bring them home to read. When they return a book, they can select another to take home.

Book Angels is a national literacy organization founded in Chicago in 1999 with the aim of encouraging recreational reading habits among pre-K through 8th grade students in high poverty schools. The program was developed with the belief that “kids who read succeed” and that having access to books at home is one of the keys to reading success. All the books disbursed to schools through the Book Angels program are obtained through book drives hosted by schools, libraries, businesses, and community organizations. There is no cost to the school that benefits from the donated books, but there are several “rules” to the program: student participation is voluntary, students must bring the books home to read, and parents/caregivers must be encouraged to turn off the tv for 20-30 minutes each night and read along with their student.

Jerry Zucker Middle School was the first South Carolina middle school to participate in the Book Angels literacy program, and this is the 8th year that the school has been part of the program.

For more information, contact Mr. Clarence Manning at clarnece_manning@bellsouth.net or visit the Book Angels SC Facebook page.