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HAMPTON AFTER-SCHOOL KIDS COLLECT 365 BOOKS FOR THE NEEDY

Hampton Elementary School has one of the smallest after-school care programs, but that didn’t deter its nine students from collecting almost 400 books for children in need. “Our initial goal was to collect 50 books, so when they realized they’d collected 365, they screamed with excitement,” said Brigitte Cutler-Fosque, site coordinator for Hampton’s After-School Care Enrichment Services or ACES. Their collection effort was designed to support the state’s Give Five-Read Five campaign, which encourages community members to donate five new or gently used books to schools to support summer reading efforts.

After reading literature about the campaign, Cutler-Fosque decided participating would be a great opportunity to get students in their ACES program involved in reading, promoting literacy, following the Guilford County Schools character development program and giving to others through service learning.“This seemed to fit exactly what our superintendent wants us to do as a school district,” Cutler-Fosque said. “It’s everything combined into one, it teaches and encourages students to not only help others and to make a difference but to also feel good about themselves and enhance of a love of reading for them.”