KCS collects thousands of books for students to read over summer

KCS collects thousands of books for students to read over summer
Posted on 05/27/2015
A.L. Brown teacher, Cory Stirewalt, helps students at Shady Brook elementary look through some of the books donated through the Give 5 Read 5 program.

More than 500 students in Kannapolis City Schools will be able to take home free books this summer thanks to the Give 5 Read 5 program. A.L. Brown teacher, Cory Stirewalt, organized the effort to collect books in the district. He reached out to KCS principals and asked them to invite students, staff, and parents to donate books. After just a few weeks, the district had collected more than 2,200 new and gently used books for students to take home over the summer.  

 

All the books that were collected were stored at the Kannapolis branch of the State Employees Credit Union, which is an active supporter of the Give 5 Read 5 program. Cory Stirewalt serves on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors, and he and the Credit Union’s staff wanted to make sure KCS students had books to read this summer. Credit Union staff members sorted all the books and got them ready to distribute to schools.  Senior Vice President, Gina Fritz, joined Cory Stirewalt in delivering the books to KCS elementary schools and Kannapolis Intermediate School. Each school received hundreds of books to give to students to take home to read over the summer.

 

The book collection is part of the statewide Give 5 Read 5 programwhich was started by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. It is designed to help stop summer learning loss and make sure all students have books to read over the summer. The program encourages people to donate books that will be given to students to take home over the summer to read while they are out of school.

 

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