The books will be delivered to Green Cove Springs Junior High on Friday, October 20. CCEA and CESPA volunteers along with district personnel will work together to unload the books into the school’s cafeteria. Staff will then work to sort through the 40,000 books and organize them by age group.
On Saturday, October 21, all teachers with Clay County Schools will be able to collect 50 to 100 books each between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Starting at 10 a.m., all Clay County students and their families will be welcome to take home books. Each student will be allowed to take up to 20 books home.
CESPA bus drivers have volunteered their time on Saturday, October 21, to provide transportation for students and their families from outlying Title 1 schools to the event. There will also be other festivities going on at the school during the event.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Green Cove Springs Junior High School
1220 Bonaventure Avenue
Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
“CCEA is a student centered organization committed to improving learning conditions for all Clay County students. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to get these books into the hands of our students!” said Renna Lee Paiva, CCEA President
“I am excited to partner with the Clay County Education Association to launch this initiative. This program will provide every student in our school district the opportunity to select and connect with literacy inside and outside of our classrooms. In order for our community to thrive, we must build a culture where literacy is the foundation of learning. Many thanks to Ms. Paiva for her hard work and bringing this opportunity to Clay County!” said Superintendent Addison Davis.
In order to earn the book truck, at least 2,000 First Book registrations are needed from teachers, support personnel, and parent volunteers who serve Title 1 schools in Clay County.
The Title 1 schools that are eligible to participate in the registration drive are Charles E. Bennett, Wilkinson Elementary, McRae Elementary, Grove Park Elementary, Montclair Elementary, Ridgeview Elementary, S. Bryan Jennings, Keystone Heights Elementary, Clay Hill Elementary, WE Cherry Elementary, and Middleburg Elementary. Any employee of Clay County Schools who serves these Title 1 schools in any capacity is eligible to register. Paper registrations are available at all Title 1 schools for teachers, support, and parent volunteers to fill out. CCEA and CESPA volunteers are entering these registrations into the First Book website. Once registered, individuals will have full access to the First Book catalog of discounted and free books, school supplies, electronics, and teaching resources.
About First Book:
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. Since our founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families. First Book supports the largest and fastest growing network of educators and program leaders serving children in need. In partnership with these heroic educators and other organizations, First Book transforms lives by improving access to equal, quality education for all kids.