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Read to Succeed Book Giveaway at Rhoads

May 24, 2018
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A note from Rachel Embry, Library Media Specialist at J.J. Rhoads.


Tuesday was a fun and exciting day in the J.J. Rhoads library.  Thanks to our partnership with First United Methodist Church of Dallas and the G06 class, over 1300 books were purchased (totaling $5,500)  in order for approximately 300 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to receive 4 brand new books each for their home libraries and summer reading.

This is the third year FUMC Dallas has funded this project.  The first year only 3rd grade students received books (1 or 2 books each), the second year, 3rd and 4th grade students received 3 books, and this year, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students received 4 books each.  That means that some of the 5th grade students have received almost 10 books for their home libraries over the past 3 years. Jim Mabile, who leads this partnership, does an amazing job raising the money each year for this project and it is a wonderful blessing for our students.

After students selected their books, they were spotted all over the school (in the cafeteria at lunch, after school waiting for parent pick up, in the classrooms) reading their new books!  It was so much fun to see their excitement in choosing the books.  Research has shown that reading just 4-5 books over the summer months can prevent summer slide and a decrease in students’ fall reading scores.  By providing the students with engaging reading materials, FUMC Dallas makes an important contribution to supporting student achievement for the students at Rhoads and it is so greatly appreciated.  Thank you again to our friends and supporters at First United Methodist Church for making this possible!

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