Book Day raises money for Perry Township students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary
By Nicole Davis
Every student at Abraham Lincoln Elementary (ALE) will receive a special holiday gift this year. With support from Barnes and Noble and community members, all 900 children in grades K-5 will receive a free book to take home.
“We try to get books in our kids’ hands as much as possible,” said Marinda Grove, literary coach. “It’s sometimes because they don’t have those books, that they are drawn to them.”
On Dec. 2, 1-5 p.m., Barnes and Noble, located at the Greenwood Park Mall, will host an Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Book Day. Activities include Story Time with Staff Members, Holiday “Minute to Win It” games, face painting, Third Grade Christmas Caroling, Nook talks, and Wii dance parties. Students will even get to decorate their teachers with tinsel as “human Christmas trees.”
Up to 26 percent of the sales from that day will support the literacy program at ALE. Shoppers need to present a voucher upon checkout to indicate that they wish their sale to support the school. Vouchers can be found at websites.msdpt.k12.in.us/al or at Barnes and Noble.
“I am just so thankful that Barnes and Noble has chosen us I look forward to the looks on their faces; just for them to get to take that home and keep it,” Grove said. “It not only helps our families get involved, but their customers get into the holiday spirit.”
Though Barnes and Noble has hosted this event in the past, this is the first year they will sponsor the school, ensuring that every student receives a book of their own.
“They chose us due to our high poverty level,” Grove said. “Our kids work really hard and are making huge gains, despite what might be reported by the new state grading system. This will be huge for our students, many of whom come from homes where they have very few material possessions.”
The store put up a sign informing customers of the program, and received donations of 200 books within the first four days.
“I’m surprised they have that many books,” said third grader, Leanna Payton. “I’m looking forward to getting chapter books, especially Goosebumps.”
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