April is “Drop Everything and Read Month,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to make reading a priority activity. To celebrate, Success Won’t Wait is partnering with the Colonial School District of Delaware for a special month-long book giveaway for all K-5th grade students.
The program kicked off at Southern Elementary School in New Castle, Delaware, with a donation of over 800 books, providing plenty of just-can’t-put-it-down-books for the school’s young students. These books were culled from Success Won’t Wait’s collection and are ones that the students may take home and keep.
Over the next several weeks, Success Won’t Wait co-founder Vincenza Carrieri-Russo will visit each of the other elementary schools in the District to speak to the students about the importance of reading. At its conclusion, the program will provide a book for every K-5th grade student in the Colonial School District.
Putting together such a large scale donation was no easy feat. Luckily, our student volunteers from the Mount Pleasant High School Special Education Program were around to lend a hand sorting, categorizing and stamping hundreds of children’s books. Our volunteers were even on-hand to see the fruits of their labor and watch as the elementary school students of Southern Elementary were the first to select just the right book to take home a keep.
Many thanks go to Vincenza Carrieri-Russo for acting as Coordinator for this project, Irene Huschle-Ledford of Mt. Pleasant High School for scheduling volunteers, retired Colonial School District teacher Mace Bloom who has been volunteering tirelessly every week prepping the donations and Jennifer Ashby, M.Ed. Instructional Technology Coach at Colonial School District for ensuring that the entire process runs smoothly.
Founded in 2002, Success Won’t Wait, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit literacy organization based in Wilmington, Delaware. Want to learn more about Success Won’t Wait’s literacy projects, how to donate used books, or volunteer your time? Click on the About Us tab to learn more.
Read now, because success won’t wait!