Excited Students Get Free Books

Smiles were plentiful when children from the Washington Community School, located in the City of Plainfield, received free books this past Friday, February 27, 2015.  Although all children received a book, several 1st and 2nd graders eagerly accepted classics such as Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham and Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon, as well as the John Newberry Medal award-winners, Charlotte’s Web by E.B White and Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. The books ranged in reading skill levels and thanks to United Way of Greater Union County partner Barnes & Noble located in Clark, NJ, every child in the school received at least one free book. 

Each year, Barnes & Noble conducts annual book drives and offers an opportunity for people from across the country to visit their local store and get involved in helping their fellow residents.  Locally, many Union County and Clark residents bought and donated a total of 641 books to benefit UWGUC, which then selected the school in Plainfield, NJ as the recipient of the books.

In attendance was the Honorable Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Plainfield Superintendent Anna Belin-Pyles, Washington Community School Principal, Dr. Anthony Jenkins, and United Way of Greater Union County CEO, James W. Horne, Jr.

“We are very thankful to Barnes & Noble, in Clark, for supporting our children’s love for reading.  Literacy is important to children of all ages and getting a new book to spark their imagination will help promote avid reading,” states Horne.

Throughout the year, UWGUC conducts a series of initiatives geared toward supporting families and children in the areas of education, income and health.  For example, UWGUC annual Stuff the Bus campaign provides schools supplies and backpacks for children and its Season of Caring campaigns give residents an opportunity to collect gift cards to food stores, and fulfilling children toy wish lists.  Many UWGUC partners, including a strong network of non-profits and government agencies throughout Union County, come together to solve community issues and help deliver services to families.