10,000 Books Donated To RC Students To Kick-off “Read Across America Day” March 3!

Over 10,000 books have been delivered…
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Smokey Barn News Tuesday February 25, 2014 Springfield, Tenn.

10,000 Books Donated To RC Students To Kick-off “Read Across America Day” March 3!

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Michelle Powell, Executive Director of the United Way of Robertson County stands between Blaine West (R) & Grayson Powell (L)

What would you do with 10,000 books? Did you know that the United Way provides reading stimulus for county students? The Robertson County United Way has supplied 10,000 books to Robertson County Schools as a result of their partnership with Ride for Reading, a Nashville based group of cyclists dedicated to literacy.

Brittany West, Director of Marketing and Fundraising for United Way, said the project began when she and UW Director, Michelle Powell were invited to read to Westside Elementary students for the national Read Across America Week.

West contacted Matthew Portel, the director of Ride for Reading, and asked about the possibility of a donation of around 50 books.  Instead, Portel, through another literacy partnership, was able to supply the 10,000 books for all Pre-K through grade 5 students in county schools.

The books are currently being distributed and a number of them will be read aloud to students during the Read Across America Week schedules that many schools have planned.  All of the books will be distributed to students and school libraries.

Source: United Way, Robertson County Schools

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From left to right: Michelle Eden Powell “Executive Director of United Way of Robertson County,” Sheriif Bill Holt “Robertson County Sheriff’s Office,” Brittany Cheryl West “Director of Marketing & Fundraising of United Way of Robertson County,” Mr. Mike Davis “Director of Robertson County Schools,”Chief David Thompson “Springfield Police Department,” Mayor Howard Bradley “Mayor of Robertson County, TN,” Mathew Portel “Founder/Director of Ride for Reading — at United Way of Robertson County.

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