Duel on the Delaware Book Drive yields over 2,000 children’s books!

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Duel on the Delaware organizer John Larock with Success Won’t Wait co-founders Susan McNeill and Vincenza Carrieri-Russo and just a few of the 2,000+ children’s books collected at this year’s event!

It was another one for the record books. But this year, the annual Duel on the Delaware and Miracle of Reading Education Book Drive events were held just a little bit differently.

The partnership between Success Won’t Wait and First State Robotics (the hosts of the Duel on the Delaware) began in 2004 with a modest book drive. Each year since, the organizations have partnered to collect books as part of a community service effort by First State Robotics.

In years past, books of all types — from pre-K board books to adult non-fiction — were collected and weighed. This year, however, the teams put a special focus on critically-needed children’s books. And, they scoured attics and bookshelves for donations. The books were then counted (one by one!) by First State Robotics student volunteers. The results?

Topping the charts was team #1626, Falcon Robotics of Metuchen, New Jersey with a whopping 1,231 books!

The books collected at this event will be used by Success Won’t Wait throughout the year to complete literacy projects for children across the region. Examples of current projects include ongoing children’s book giveaways at Nemours clinics throughout the state, and book donations to schools, after school programs, and organizations.

Many thanks go to all of the volunteers from Success Won’t Wait and First State Robotics who worked together to make the day such a success! Special recognition goes to Duel on the Delaware organizer John Larock, who somehow makes it all happen every year.

For more information about First State Robotics or the event, please visit DUEL ON THE DELAWARE.

About Success Won’t Wait

Founded in 2002, Success Won’t Wait, Inc. is a not for profit literacy program based in Wilmington, Delaware. The organization’s mission is to encourage reading, particularly by children. Success Won’t Wait volunteers organize used book drives, calling on ordinary citizens to donate used books for redistribution in the community.

Since 2002, Success Won’t Wait volunteers have collected over 1 million books, with approximately 10,000 of those currently awaiting distribution.

Read now, because success won’t wait! 


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