Program provides free books to children

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM.

"I’m so excited to be here because Principal (Debbie) Hurst has been bragging about you," she told the students. "She’s been telling me what great readers you are. She says that you love to read."

She explained that Lenovo is a strong supporter of the military and of education. The company was just involved in a computer giveaway last month at Cherry Point. Koonce said that with about 40 percent of students at Gurganus with at least one parent in the military, giving the books away at the school was a perfect fit.

"We’re proud to be a part of the community," she said. "We focus on education and the military, and that’s the reason we’re here."

Hurst said the free books would encourage the students to read during the summer break.

"The importance of the books is to help them keep up the skills that they have acquired throughout the year," she said. "I know they can go to the library, but having your own free book is a lot of fun. There are a lot of new requirements coming down for students in the options of reading, so just having a book in their hands is what we want to do."

She said classroom teachers would also be providing books to the students for the summer.

"Every child will have something to read this summer just so they can practice those words, that vocabulary," Hurst said.

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