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10,000 children's books sought in annual drive

September 04, 2013

Area businesses, churches, clubs, and organizations in Washington County are collecting children’s books for the second annual community book drive this month.

The goal is to collect 10,000 books for ages infant to 11, for use in literacy programs for at-risk children. 

Books can be new or gently used, and a list of recommended books is available for those who are purchasing books and want ideas. Last year, more than 4,500 books were collected and distributed to organizations, such as the Family Center, Hagerstown Housing Authority, Tri-State Health, Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, and Potomac Case Management, among others. 

Hagerstown Rotary Club, Hagerstown Area Religious Council and United Way of Washington County are co-partnering for the book collection.

The collection will take place in the month leading up to Day of Caring.

On Day of Caring, Oct. 3, volunteer drivers from FedEx will pick up books from the  collection sites and take them to a central location, where another group of volunteers will sort and count the books and add stickers with tips for parents on how to read them more effectively. 

The Hagerstown Rotary Literacy Initiative Task Force will determine where to distribute the books for the most effective use in increasing literacy skills for children. 

Book recipients will be chosen specifically to meet the Literacy Initiative’s goals of increasing the number of students entering school ready to learn and decreasing the number of elementary students experiencing summer learning loss. 

The following are participating as collection sites:

28 South; A-Z Insurance Services; Barbara Ingram School for the Arts; Battlefield Bible Church; Boonsboro High School; Brynn Dao, Miss South County’s Outstanding Teen; Bulls & Bears; Christ’s Reformed Church; Christ Reformed Church, Sharpsburg; Hagerstown Department of Community and Economic Development; Community Action Council; Concordia Lutheran Church; Congregation B’Nai Abraham; First Christian Church; First United Bank, all four Washington County branches; Hagerstown Community College; Hagerstown Rotary Club; Hagerstown Sunrise Rotary Club; Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce; Hamilton Nissan; Herald-Mail Co.; Homewood Suites; Kaplan University; Kristy Smith and Gaggle (dropoff at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boonsboro); Meritus Medical Center; New Joy Fellowship SDA; New Light Metropolitan Community Church; Otterbein United Methodist Church; Pangborn Elementary School; Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown; Red Cross; Rotary Club of Long Meadows; Smith Elliott Kearns; Smithsburg Elementary School; Smithsburg Middle School; Smithsburg High School; Spread Your Wings Learning Center; St. John’s Episcopal Church; St. John’s Lutheran Church; St. Joseph Catholic Church; St. Mark’s Lutheran Church; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Susquehanna Bank, all Washington County branches; Teens Have Choices; Triad Engineering; United Way of Washington County; Volvo Powertrain; Washington County Arts Council; Washington County Offices, 100 W. Washington St. and 80 W. Baltimore St.; Western Maryland Hospital Center; Williamsport Rotary Club; Zion Reformed UCC.

For more information, go to www.harccoalition.org or www.unitedwaywashcounty.org

If interested in hosting a collection site, call Kathy Powderly at 301-842-4272, or send an email to kathy.harc@gmail.com.

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