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Dunwoody school ‘reaches out’ to encourage reading
by Christine Fonville
January 14, 2014 01:53 PM | 1509 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Ryan Hewitt, 5, son of Sean and Susanne Hewitt, teacher Elizabeth Ricketson, and Annabelle Bolton, 5, daughter of Brett and Rani Bolton, work on literacy exercises.
From left, Ryan Hewitt, 5, son of Sean and Susanne Hewitt, teacher Elizabeth Ricketson, and Annabelle Bolton, 5, daughter of Brett and Rani Bolton, work on literacy exercises.
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A Dunwoody preschool recently came together to provide books for local children in need.

The Primrose School of Dunwoody collected about $7,400 participating in an annual fundraiser for the Atlanta chapter of Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit that supplies books to underprivileged children.

School Director Cami Nail said Primrose has worked with the nonprofit for the past seven years because it is an important cause to everyone involved.

“We’d worked with other nonprofit organizations in the past, but the nonprofit really sparked the interest of our families involved with Primrose because they encourage education and get books in the hands of children who need them,” she said.

Each year, the school hosts two main events to raise money for the organization.

The first is an art sale where, Nail said, “each student creates a piece of art that is put up for auction. Families bid on their child’s artwork and the school raises about $1,000 during the show.”

The second and most popular event, she said, is a spring fling carnival the entire community becomes involved in.

“Local businesses in Dunwoody donate items to be raffled off, and that along with games for the students raises about $6,000,” Nail said. “Each year the event grows and we continue to have a lot of fun with it.”

Once the money is raised, the nonprofit provides books to pediatricians around the metro Atlanta area who hand out the materials to children during their health check-ups.

More than 270 Primrose schools across the nation raise money each year for the Primrose Children’s Foundation.

Throughout the past seven years, the preschool has been recognized as one of the top three contributors to the foundation, and specifically to the nonprofit.

Since the partnership with the nonprofit began, the foundation has donated more than $1 million to enable the organization’s partner pediatricians to improve literacy by distributing more than 250,000 new books for children across the U.S.

Nail said the preschool will continue its efforts to provide more children with books in order to foster a love for learning beginning at an early age.

“Our families truly are dedicated to this cause because efforts make a difference in literacy outcomes for children,” she said.
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