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Students read for charity

POSTED: October 27, 2010 11:07 a.m.
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Members of Kesha Lee's fifth-grade WPE class are, front row, from left: Jessica Faul, Michael Richardson and Savannah Medina; second row: Henry Blair, Chancellor Whatley, Phoenix Best, Julian Contreras, Cleon Hamilton and John Spaulding; third row: Matthew Carter, Gregory Oxendine, Shanice Dixon, Hailey Johnson and Trevor Davis; fourth row: Lona Melber, Arielle Ford, Myra Bradley, Tierra Stevens, Cecilia Taylor, Zaria Brunson, Andrew Stevens and Emily Holliday; not pictured: Tridib Basu.

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Waldo Pafford Elementary students in Kesha Lee’s fifth-grade class are putting books in the hands of children who need them simply by reading themselves. Through the ClassroomsCare Program, students are uniting across America to help Scholastic Book Clubs donate 1 million books to underprivileged families.
Scholastic Book Clubs’ ClassroomsCare program is a philanthropy-based literacy campaign designed to teach children about the joys and importance of reading and giving — and to encourage them to read every day to lead better lives.
This fall, each student was challenged to read 10 books and, in turn, Scholastic Book Clubs, the global children’s publishing and media company, will donate 1 million new books to disadvantaged children nationwide.
Through this year’s ClassroomsCare program, called “The United States of Reading,” participating classrooms are reading for charities in their home states. They can log onto the ClassroomsCare website to keep track of their progress along with their state’s progress. Students, teachers and parents are invited to use the site to see how the reading makes a difference.
More than 1 million books will be distributed locally through three national charity partners whose shared mission is to help put books in the hands of the hardest-to-reach and neediest children: Reach Out and Read, Save the Children and the Pajama Program.
“I smile every time I hear about a school where, through their generosity and hard work, students are making a difference and improving the lives of others by participating in ClassroomsCare,” said Judy Newman, president of Scholastic Book Clubs. “In order to better prepare the children of the 21st century to live complete and successful lives, we need to energize them to read more books, and read every day. And showing children that their hard work pays off and they can make a difference in the lives of others is motivating and important as they grow up. Through the ClassroomsCare program, students aren’t just reading, they’re reading to give.”

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