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Summer reading program thrives with volunteer spirit

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New books are brought in by reading coaches, teachers and librarians - volunteers who would normally be enjoying their summer off. New books are brought in by reading coaches, teachers and librarians - volunteers who would normally be enjoying their summer off.
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Zamarah Freemam will be a 4th grader at Banks Caddell School.  Zamarah is considered an excellent reader. And she loves books - just like most of the kids at the 3rd Street Boys and Girls Club.

New books are brought in by reading coaches, teachers and librarians - volunteers who would normally be enjoying their summer off.

Frances Nungester Reading Coach Nikki Hawkins said during the school year they saw a need and stepped up to the plate.  

"Volunteering to increase the volume of reading in these children's homes, so we came up with an idea of delivering books to them, instead of them coming to our school because of transportation," said Hawkins.

The educators took their "seed" to the business community.

Chestnut Grove Reading Coach Gayle Fowler said they cultivated that idea into a "blooming reality."

"Lynn Layton was nice enough to donate a van for the summer. Daikin helped us out with some funds and we were able to go to Scholastic and buy some books at the warehouse. J & M signs made some signs to put on the van and we've also had the Boys and Girls Club," said Fowler.

The 30 volunteers rotate their time so everyone gets a break. It seems to be paying off.

Leon Sheffield Reading Coach Benja Ringler said so far more than 3500 books have been distributed. And they are hopeful for next year.

"We're really excited about this program. It's very successful, we feel. We want to continue this in the future. Several of our reading coaches have gotten together and written a grant and we're hoping to hear from it shortly, whether or not we got it. But we think our kids are very important and they are our future and we want to invest in them," said Ringler.

Thanks to the efforts of a few good people in industry and education, the groundwork is being laid for a major investment in Alabama's future.   Good people doing good things in Bobby's Bama.

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