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Books collected during community drive sorted during Day of Caring

October 19, 2012
  • Participating in a day of book-sorting Oct. 10, were: Laura Wiedeman, First United Bank; Yesenia Quinones, FedEx driver; Kathleen OConnell, Washington County Library; Pat Wishard, Washington County Library; Lydia Byrne, Washington County Library; Brandon Grabenstein, FedEx; Chuck Eichelberger, First United Bank; the Rev. Gregg Meserole, Hagerstown Area Religious Council and Hagerstown Rotary Club; Richard Stover, FedEx driver; Jeff Ridgeway, Washington County Library; Carrie Plymre, Washington County Library; and April Krabal, First United Bank.
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A monthlong community book drive led by Hagerstown Area Religious Council, Hagerstown Rotary Club and United Way of Washington County, culminated in a day of book-sorting Oct. 10 for the United Way’s Day of Caring.

FedEx drivers volunteered to spend the morning picking up books from 17 collection sites around the community. There were 30 collection sites overall, including 11 churches, the synagogue, three service clubs, two non-profits, 12 businesses, and one individual.

Volunteers from Washington County Free Library, First United Bank, the council and Rotary sorted and counted the books upon arrival. 

The group tallied a total of 4,165 books, the bulk of which are geared to age groups 2 to 5, 5 to 7, and 8 to 9, which are most needed in childhood literacy programs.

The quality of the books is excellent, with many of the books being gently used, but many brand new. 

Dave Hanlin, leader of the Hagerstown Rotary Literacy Initiative, was pleased to see so many quality books to give to at-risk children.

The Strategic Community Impact Plan, developed jointly by United Way and  Community Foundation, with community input, identifies two related community goals.  The goals are to ensure students entering kindergarten are fully ready to learn and to reduce summer learning loss for students in school.

Books collected through the book drive will be designated for community literacy programs that address the two goals. 

The Rotary literacy task force is charged with getting the books into the right hands — the hands of at-risk children and their parents.

The following collected books: 

Asbury United Methodist Church, Antietam Exchange, A To Z Insurance Services, Brynn Dao, Christ’s Reformed Church, Concordia Lutheran Church, Congregation B’Nai Abraham, First United Bank, Gaye McGovern Insurance Agency, Grace United Methodist Church, Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, Hagerstown Rotary Club, Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary Club, Hamilton Nissan, Kaplan University, Law Office of Charles R. Stewart, New Joy Fellowship Seventh-day Adventist Church, Oak Hill Interior Design, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, R. Bruce Carson’s Jewelers, Red Cross, Smith Elliott Kearns, St. John’s Episcopal Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, United Way of Washington County, Volunteer Washington County, Zion Reformed United Church of Christ, and Volvo.

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