Wake County book drive nearly 90,000 books short of goal

(Source: WAKE Up and Read)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County’s annual “WAKE Up and Read” book drive is falling short of its goal.

The goal is 110,000 books but only around 21,000 have been collected so far in 10 Wake County elementary schools, surrounding child care centers and 20 community centers.

“We desperately need our community to ‘wake up’ and help us get new or gently used books into the hands of children who need them,” said Wake County Public Schools System K-12 literacy director Sherri Miller. “It is critical that we have more students reading in the very early years. Solid reading skills must be in place for all other kinds of learning to happen.”

WAKE Up and Read has asked that everyone in Wake County go through bookshelves, closets, attics and garages to find books that are appropriate for children from birth to 12 years old.

Volunteers will be on hand at Cary Towne Center to collect books at the following dates and times:

Wednesday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, March 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The drive ends March 12.

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