Drive collects 66,242 books for Wake County children

From staff reportsMay 1, 2014 

— A group working to boost childhood literacy in Wake County collected 66,242 children’s books to donate to families during a month-long book drive this spring.

Representatives of WAKE Up and Read, which was formed in 2012 by the Wake County school system in partnership with several community groups, said they far exceeded their goal of collecting 40,000 books during their first annual book drive in March. The books will be distributed to select elementary schools and child care centers in early May to provide children with a home library to enjoy over the summer.

More than 5,000 children are expected to receive books.

“On behalf of the WAKE Up and Read Collaborative, thank you Wake County,” said Angie Wright, senior director in the school system’s Office of Grants and a WAKE Up and Read Leadership Team Member, in a written statement. “We are truly humbled by the generous outpouring of support that has been received over the last six weeks,”

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