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East Union Eagles Soar in Reading
East Union Middle School was the recent recipient of thousands of free books for students thanks to the generosity of the First Book organization and its partners. Each year, First Book provides schools an opportunity to apply for books in order to promote reading on the condition that all the books will go home with students to begin their own personal libraries.
Reading is a core component of what students do at EUMS. Dr. Kenneth Hoover, principal at EUMS, is committed to insuring that all his students are given every opportunity to grow as readers. “I think it is critical that we put books in the hands of our students. I am very excited about the opportunity to add two quality books to each child’s home library and I can’t wait to give them more.”
The student’s excitement and appreciation has been heart-warming. As the carts were moving throughout the school this week, students were eagerly asking when their room would be getting their books. Students have been so appreciative they have even written thank you cards.
One student, Mary W. wrote, “Thank you very much for the books that you gave us. I look forward to reading them and adding them to my at-home library! Also, thank you for giving us these books, because so many people don’t have them and it’s nice to be able to read them whenever I want!"
Students in each grade level received 2 books from the following list:
- The Last Olympian
- The Lightning Thief-graphic novel
- The Amulet of Samarkand-graphic novel
- Battle of the Labyrinth
- The Throne of Fire
First Book partners: Cheerios, Target, Pi Beta Phi, United Ways, Disney Publishing, Random House Children’s books, RIF – Reading is Fundamental
Written by: Esther Shields, Literary Coordinator, EUMS
Posted: Sep 17, 2012 by Susie Jones