Program provides free books to children

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Students at W.J. Gurganus Elementary School pick out a free book for the summer as part of a give-away at the Havelock School.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM.

Students at W.J. Gurganus Elementary School were sent off for the summer last week with a going-away present, a free book.

Lenovo and the USO out of Jacksonville teamed up to provide each of the school’s 500 students with a free book to read during the summer.

"I thought it was pretty cool," fourth-grader Christopher Williams said of getting the free book.

He said he reads a lot of books and would be reading his selection over the summer. He said he enjoys reading mostly about history.

"It tells you what happened a long time ago," he said. "It tells you about the people and what they did."

Before students were let go for the summer, they gathered in the cafeteria, where they were told each would be getting a free book.

Suzy Koonce represented Lenovo, the second-largest PC computer vendor in the world with headquarters in Morrisville and a manufacturing facility in Greensboro.

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