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Students in Georgetown are opening a new chapter of education. Today kicked off the, My Very Own Library, event.

United Way, and other local organizations, put on a book fair at North Georgetown Elementary School. Every student got to go home with five free books.

Students Reading

"The excitement and passion of kicking off My Very Own Library with the partnership of United Way is something we've really been looking forward to because within our strong, school community they've really embraced the love for reading and that it was took place here today," said acting principal Sarah Green.

It wasn't your regular book fair. There were dance performances, drummers, and even an appearance from Clifford the Big Red Dog.

"Our ultimate goal is to ignite that passion and excitement in our students for the love of reading," said Green.

Looking for books

By giving students free books, it's helping level the playing ground, and preparing them for the future.

"It allows them to avoid the possible embarrassment of not getting a book when they see their other friends getting a book. All the children get books," said John Moore from United Way.  

"We pick these schools based off of social-economic situations. So in many cases the kids will go to these books fairs but not have the money to buy books. So what really works out is this school, along with 13 others in the state, are chosen and given the opportunity to read. And we've determined by data that if a child can read by 4th grade it makes their chances of graduating high school much higher," said Moore. 

There will be other book fairs during the year where children can buy books. There will be one more My Own Library Event after the holidays for students to get another five books.

 

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