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Summer Reading Pack Project Encourages Local Students to Read

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Jul 14,2010
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Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Students enjoy the backpacks that they receive at Cora Kelly School.
Courtesy Photo
Students enjoy the backpacks that they receive at
Cora Kelly School.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Over 1,000 Alexandria students started the summer with a bag of books to encourage summer reading. On Monday, June 21, the Alexandria Aces Baseball team players distributed Summer Reading Packs to each student at Cora Kelly School – almost 400 packs.

Each Summer Reading Pack had three books inside, for the students to read over the summer. In addition to passing out the Summer Reading Packs, Alexandria Aces players read aloud to the students at Cora Kelly, gave out reading medals, and encouraged students to attend an Aces game over the summer. During the distribution which took a little over an hour, the school was abuzz with excitement for baseball and reading, two summer favorites.

Alexandria Aces Head Coach, Eric William said, “The players get something out of helping the community in which they play.” The players were certainly pleased by the smiles of the students as they opened their Summer Reading Packs.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Students enjoy the backpacks that they receive at Cora Kelly School.
Courtesy Photo
Students enjoy the backpacks that they
receive at Cora Kelly School.

This is the fourth year of the Summer Reading Pack Project, a collaboration of Wright to Read, The Giving Circle of Alexandria, and Hooray for Books. The partner groups believe in encouraging students to read for pleasure over the summer. Leigh Hoyer, Executive Director of Wright to Read, calls this a ‘feel good project’ because each person involved in donating books, preparing or distributing the packs, or receiving the packs thinks about the joy of reading good books over the summer and of sharing books with others.

On Tuesday, June 22, the sixth grade students at Jefferson Houston School distributed the Summer Reading Packs to each student at their school. In addition to the students at these two elementary schools, each student in the Wright to Read Tutor/Mentor program also received a Summer Reading Pack.

Sponsors of this year’s Summer Reading Pack Project include The Junior League of Washington, many generous members of the Giving Circle of Alexandria, parents of Burgundy Farm Country Day School, and Friends of the Jefferson Court St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party.

For more information on Wright to Read, visit www.wrighttoread.org or contact Leigh Hoyer, Executive Director - hoyer@wrighttoread.org or 703-299-9855. For more information on The Giving Circle of Alexandria, visit www.givingfullcircle.org.   or contact Ellen Wayer, ewayer@gmail.com or 703-347-6285. For more information on Hooray for Books, visit www.hooray4books.com or contact Ellen Klein and Trish Brown, Owners - 703-548-4093. For more information on Alexandria Aces, visit www.eteamz.com/alexandriaaces.
 



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