Vance County Schools is now conducting its annual “Give Five – Read Five” book donation campaign.
The campaign, which will end on Friday, May 27, involves encouraging local residents to donate new or gently used books for students in our 10 elementary schools.
Residents who want to donate books may simply take their donations to any of our elementary schools, which include:
New Hope Elementary
Pinkston Street Elementary
E.M. Rollins Elementary
L.B. Yancey Elementary
E.O. Young Jr. Elementary
Zeb Vance Elementary
School office personnel will be happy to accept donations and keep them in a central location, so that they can be counted out during the last week of school and given to students before they go home for the summer on June 3.
The Give Five – Read Five campaign is sponsored by State Superintendent June Atkinson and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in an effort to seek books for students to read during the summer months. Statistics show that if students continue to stay engaged in reading during their summer vacation their reading skills will not decrease, but will actually increase and help them to become better readers.
Book donations also certainly will be accepted at our middle and high schools, however, our campaign is focusing on our elementary age students because they are at the most important stage of their educational careers to become strong readers.
The book donation campaign has its name, because state leaders hope that each donor will give five books per student so that they will have five to read over the summer. However, we are happy to accept any amount of book donations.
Any of the Vance County Schools will accept donations. Two other book donation sites are The Daily Dispatch office at 304 S. Chestnut Street and the United Way office at 212 Dabney Drive in Henderson.
We hope our local community will support this effort with book donations that resulted in our campaign last spring providing approximately 4,000 books to elementary students.
Public Information Officer
Vance County Schools