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Clay County Schools to Receive More than 40,000 New Books through Education Program

Clay County Schools will receive more than 40,000 new books to give to students, families, and educators in Clay County through a non-profit organization, called “First Book.” The District is working with the Clay County Education Association and the Clay Educational Staff Professional Association in addition to state and national affiliates including the Florida Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, to secure the donation.

The books will be delivered to Green Cove Springs Junior High on Friday, October 19. CCEA and CESPA volunteers along with district personnel will work together to unload the books into the school’s cafeteria. Staff will then work to sort through the books and organize them by age group.

On Saturday, October 20, students and families will be able to start collecting books at 9 a.m. Due to the overwhelming number of people last year, each student will be allowed up to 10 books, only if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Books are available on a first come, first served basis, and students will also have access to tote bags, bookmarks, and journals while supplies last.

CESPA bus drivers have volunteered their time on Saturday, October 20, to provide transportation for students and their families from outlying Title 1 schools to the event.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share these books with our students again. CCEA is committed to improving the learning experience for all Clay County students!” said Renna Lee Paiva. CCEA President.

“I am excited to partner with the Clay County Education Association to bring more than 40,000 books to our students for a second year. This initiative provides students the opportunity to connect with literacy at all times. Literacy is the foundation to learning and we must make that a priority in our school district and community. I am thankful for our partnership with CCEA and all the organizations that have helped make this event possible for our students,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.

What: First Book Event

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Green Cove Springs Junior High School

            1220 Bonaventure Avenue

            Green Cove springs, FL 32043

About First Book:

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. Since our founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families. First Book supports the largest and fastest growing network of educators and program leaders serving children in need. In partnership with these heroic educators and other organizations, First Book transforms lives by improving access to equal, quality education for all kids.