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  • Writer's pictureBenay Hicks

Dinosaurs on the Road

Education Partnerships Manager Amy Franks, packing a very special dinosaur book for a very special road trip

If you read last week’s post, you know that all elementary students in Durham Public Schools are starting the summer with books they have selected themselves at Books on Break events to read over the summer and add to their home libraries to keep forever.

In addition, 500 elementary students in Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools will select 10 books each, and 400 middle school students will select 5 books each. We’re providing 500 books to Transition to Kindergarten events hosted by Durham’s Partnership for Children and 145 books to our own Book Babies graduates as they experience their first Books on Break immediately after they cross the stage at graduation next weekend. We’ve helped programs like Promising Pages in Charlotte and Chatham Reads/Chatham Education Foundation launch Books on Break programs in their communities as well.

But the dinosaur book our Education Partnerships Manager Amy Franks is packing up in the picture above didn’t go to any of those places.

This very special dinosaur book — along with 1500 other books like it — took a slightly longer trip down the road to find its new home. Because for the first time this year, we’ve taken our Books on Break program to Bladen and Columbus counties, places where families and schools are still recovering from Hurricane Florence — and where Amy’s great-nephew Jairus lives. That dinosaur book? It has found its new home for sure, with a dinosaur fan like Jairus, seen here celebrating his very own new dinosaur book!

Please help us make sure we can continue to fill young readers’ summers with books they love — like dinosaur books! — by making a donation today. If you donate by June 30, we’ll send you your own personal thank you note from one of the many students in North Carolina who has benefitted from your generosity!

And ICYMI: EdNC paid a visit to Books on Break right here in Durham!


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