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Buck A Book fund-raiser invites students to read

January 18, 2001

Buck A Book fund-raiser invites students to read



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Family Reading DayCHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Read a book, raise a dollar.

The concept is simple and has become the Franklin County Literacy Council's largest fund-raiser.

The fourth annual Buck A Book Week will run from Jan. 22-28, and the council is encouraging its students and students countywide to read next week.

Last year, more than 1,000 adult and child readers secured pledges of at least $1 a book, raising a total of $36,300, said Stephani Crawford, Buck A Book coordinator.

The Franklin County Literacy Council, at 338 Lincoln Way East, provides a free service to adults in the county who are illiterate, have low-level reading skills or need to improve their English speaking, reading or writing skills, Crawford said.

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"Some are at a higher level and want to get their GED, so we work with them until they reach the level they can be in the GED classes," Crawford said.

Volunteers tutor in numerous subject areas, including reading comprehension, spelling, math and others, depending on what a student's goals are, Crawford said.

The council relies on fund-raisers like Buck A Book to defray costs not covered by state funding.

This year, in order to get more elementary school students involved, the council is trying something new.

The council is allowing two donors to sponsor King Street and Thaddeus Stevens elementary schools in Chambersburg. The sponsors have agreed to contribute $1 for each of the more than 200 students so they can participate in the fund-raiser.

Students at both schools traditionally come from low-income families and have low reading scores, Crawford said.

Teachers at these schools will set aside some time during Buck A Book week to allow the students to read one book.

The fund-raiser achieves two goals, said Gladys Leon, head teacher at King Street Elementary School. It encourages students to read, and through them, their families will learn there is a place for them to go for literacy help.

"A lot of times there is not a lot of opportunity for reading in their homes," Leon said. "But, the most important factor is a lot of times these students have siblings or parents who need a program like the Literacy Council offers. With programs like this, they learn there is a place like the Literacy Council for them to go and get involved."

Prizes will be given out to all participants.

McDonald's and Pizza Hut will provide coupons for free food to every student that raises at least $1.

Students collecting at least $50 will get their choice of two Baltimore Orioles tickets or two tickets to Dutch Wonderland theme park. Pledges totaling more than $60 get a reader a Hersheypark ticket.

Participants collecting more than $100 receive either four Orioles or Dutch Wonderland tickets, and those garnering more than $120 in pledges get two Hersheypark tickets.

The top fund-raiser from each school will participate in a Baltimore Orioles pre-game ceremony and meet a baseball player.

The top student fund-raiser from all the schools in Franklin County will receive a collection of 10 Disney movies.

The school with the highest average funds collected per student enrollment and the school that collects the most money overall will each receive $1,000, donated by Sprint.

The Literacy Council currently serves 67 students ranging in age from 18 to over 60.

Over the last 15 years, the Literacy Council has helped hundreds of Franklin County residents learn to read, the agency said.

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