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GEORGETOWN, Del. - Students at North Georgetown Elementary School will soon have nearly 9,000 new books--and it won't cost a dime.

The school is part of United Way of Delaware's "My Very Own Library" program that aims to ensure low-income students have books to read at home. Through free scholastic book fairs, by the end of the school year, every student will have ten new books to keep.

"Throughout the state this year, 59,000 books will be given away to 5900 kids in 14 schools," says John Moore, the Vice President of Resource Development and Strategic Partnership of United Way of Delaware. "And in all 3 counties, so we're really excited."

North Georgetown Elementary will receive roughly $44,000 in free books this year. The school was selected because of its literacy scores, according to Principal Michael Rodriguez. Principal Rodriguez says having children read at home is key in developing their literacy skills.

"It's really important that our students go home and read every single day," he says. "They're only here eight hours a day but they're home with [their parents] much more than the time they're at school, so we need that support." 

In addition to the book fairs, there will be periodic author visits and family literacy events. Moore says giving Delawarean children more opportunities to read gives them more opportunities later in life.

"Children are our future. They're our future doctors, lawyers. One of the things we want them to do is come back to Delaware and be a part of our workforce," he says. "That begins in elementary school with them being able to read."
 

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