Monday through March 21, books will be collected at drop boxes in seven different Fulton locations, at six Atlanta-Fulton County Library branches as well as at the Fulton County Government Center in downtown Atlanta. Books will later be distributed to schools around the county.
According to the nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental, 33 percent of fourth-grade public school students score at or below the basic reading level on national standardized tests. And the number of high school seniors who read at or above the proficient level has been declining since 1992.
Reading materials for children at the kindergarten to eighth-grade reading levels can be dropped in boxes at the follow-ing locations:
o Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor St., Atlanta
o Buckhead Library Branch, 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta
o College Park Library Branch, 3647 Main St., College Park
o Kirkwood Library Branch, 11 Kirkwood Road, Atlanta
o Peachtree Library Branch, 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta
o Ponce de Leon Library Branch, 980 Ponce de Leon Ave. Atlanta
o Southwest Library Branch, 3665 Cascade Road, Atlanta
o Roswell Library Branch, 115 Norcross St., Roswell
Donated books will be distributed to Hamilton E. Holmes, Heritage and Thomasville Heights elementary schools, and Taylor Road and Camp Creek middle schools.
Information: Sojourner Marable Grimmett, (404) 612-8333