Read Across America Day

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Today is Read Across America Day. If you're like our family most days begin and end with books, but other families aren't so fortunate. Time, money and lack of education all come into play. Scholastic is trying to change all that.

The company picked two lucky teachers in each state to receive a special prize of two hundred books each from the Scholastic Book Clubs' ClassroomsCare program. Each of those one hundred winners then get to donate one hundred of the books they receive to a local charity of their choice and keep one hundred for their own school.

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ClassroomsCare is an annual challenge to the one million classrooms that use Scholastic Book Clubs. Participating classes read for the cause, triggering a donation of a million books from Scholastic Book Clubs to ClassroomsCare's charity partners, such as Reach Out and Read, Save the Children and The Pajama Program. Books are then donated throughout the year to kids in preschool to middle school who in many cases would not otherwise have books of their own.

By the numbers:

30,127,000 - kids have read for ClassroomsCare since 2001
10,000,000 - books donated to charities through ClassroomsCare
1,234,580 - classrooms have participated in ClassroomsCare
126,050,613 - Total Books Read because of ClassroomsCare

The Care Where You Are winning teachers names have been posted at www.teacher.scholastic.com Winners from my state are:

Peggy Sears, Erwin Child and Family Center, Painted Post, NY
Catherine Harris, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Seneca Falls, NY

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We simply love reading.

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