Beaufort County School District Reading Program to provide free books



The Beaufort County School District said it is teaming up with several Lowcountry organizations to provide nearly 7,000 free books to children this summer.

Officials said the Book Drop Blitz is “designed to put books in the hands of Lowcountry children to encourage them to read in the summer.”

“Becoming a stronger reader comes through practice, just like becoming better at a sport or instrument,” District Literacy Director Melissa Murray said in a press release. “Students need to read during the summer, so we have very interesting books that relate to our local history and culture. ”

The district said the books can be picked up at 19 locations during the program, which began June 27 and will run until August 14.

“Every Monday morning, the books will be placed on each of the sites listed and will be available until exhaustion,” said the press release. “There will also be enrichment activities, book readings and more to accompany each book. ”

The following books will be available:

• June 27 to July 3: “Net Numbers” by Carol Crane and illustrated by Gary Palmer.

• July 4-10: “The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls” by Louise Meriwether, illustrated by Jonathan Green

• July 11-17: “The Great Santini” by Pat Conroy.

• July 18-24: “The Circle Unbroken” by Margot Theis Raven.

• July 25-31: “Trouble the Water” by Rebecca Bruff.

• August 1-7: “The Secret of Sea Island” by Susan Diamond Riley.

• August 8-14: “P is for Palmetto” by Carol Crane, illustrated by Mary Whyte.

Books will be available at the following libraries: Coosa Elementary School, Bluffton Middle, Battery Creek High, St. Helena Elementary, Whale Branch Middle, Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center, Hilton Head Island Elementary, Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts, Okatie Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary, Port Royal Elementary, Pat Conroy Literacy Center, USCB Center for the Arts (Beaufort), United Way of the Lowcountry (Beaufort), Beaufort Library, Bluffton Library, Hilton Head Library, Lobeco Library, Sainte-Hélène Library.

The district said the Book Drop Blitz is made possible through a community partnership grant, the Pat Conroy Literary Center, United Way of the Lowcountry and the Beaufort County Public Library Foundation.

“Fight the summer crisis by picking up a book to read,” said Renarta Tompkins, associate professor at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort and United Way of the Lowcountry Chair in Education Impact. “You may not be able to leave the house, but your mind can travel anywhere with a book.”



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