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FBCS students help donate a million books to needy children
Sep 23, 2009 | 587 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fourth-graders from the First Baptist Church School are joining Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli Manning and Scholastic Book Clubs to help donate one million books to disadvantaged children.

This fall, students in Mrs. Carolyn Puckett’s class have pledged to read 100 books as part of Scholastic Book Clubs’ ClassroomsCare program. The philanthropy-based literacy campaign is designed to teach children about the joys and importance of reading and giving.

“Kids have big hearts, and nowhere is that more evident than when children help children through the ClassroomsCare program,” said Judy Newman, president, Scholastic Book Clubs.

“Classes around the country are reading 100 books each. When they meet that goal, the Mannings, Scholastic and our charity partners will put one million books into the hands of the neediest children. The kids get to see firsthand that their efforts can make the world a better place,” Newman explained.

To participate, classrooms join either “Team Peyton” or “Team Eli” and keep track of their progress using an oversize ClassroomsCare poster. The fourth-graders at the First Baptist Church School have joined “Team Peyton,” and are well on their way to their 100 book goal. They believe they will reach their goal by the end of September.

“Scholastic Book Clubs’ ClassroomsCare lets both students and teachers demonstrate our spirit of service and sharing while also instilling a passion for reading,” said Mrs. Puckett, teacher.

Scholastic Book Clubs and the Manning family will work with several leading charities to put books in the hands of the neediest children. Charity partners include Reach Out and Read, Save the Children, Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, Peyton Manning’s Peyback Foundation, Mercy Health Partners, and The Eli and Abby Manning Birthing Center.

Since its launch in 2001, Scholastic Book Clubs’ ClassroomsCare initiative has enriched the lives of over 36 million children nationwide. More than 27,114,000 students from 1,084,500 classrooms have participated in ClassroomsCare activities, resulting in the donation of over 9 million books to children in need.
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