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Union students give the gift of reading

March 1, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

A little change goes a long way for students at Poland Union Elementary School. They collected spare change for a week and are now making a donation of books to Akron Children's Hospital.

"Akron Children's Hospital gives every child who stays at the hospital a book to keep and call their own," said Poland Union Principal Mike Masucci. "They go through a lot of books and we wanted to help them replenish their stock."

At the end of January, the Union PTO was set to help with the school's book fair. As students got a chance to purchase their favorite books, they were also asked to make a voluntary donation that would be collected by the PTO to help provide books for ACH. On Jan. 28, it was penny day, Jan. 29 was for nickles, Jan. 30 for dimes, and Jan. 31 for quarters. On Friday, Feb. 1 it was open to any donations.

Article Photos

Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Poland Union kindergartener Olivia Minehart and fourth-grader Deena Kassawat stand behind a table holding 156 books heading to Akron Children’s Hospital. The donation came from the students bringing in change for the school’s All For Books program.

At the end of Friday's book fair, the PTO had collected $729 from the week's donations. Scholastic Books met Union's collection and sent funds to two national nonprofit organizations that help children. The sent the donations to Kids in Distressed Situation, Inc. and the Kids in Need Foundation.

As for the Poland Union donation, 156 books were purchased covering a wide range of subject matter and age ranges. The books were boxed up on Monday and Masucci delivered them to ACH.

"This event made our students aware they were doing a good deed and were helping others," Masucci said.



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