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Hundreds of books donated to Baltimore City school through "If You Give a Child a Book" Campaign

Posted at 4:47 PM, Jan 23, 2020

BALTIMORE — The library at the Historic Cherry Hill Elementary Middle School in South Baltimore had hundreds of book displayed on Thursday morning. Each student, about 650, got to pick out two books they wanted to take home with them.

Something eight-year-old Navi Foreman couldn't wait to do "because I'm starting a library at my house." She added, "reading helps you learn how to talk more and learn big words."

All the books were donated to these students.

"This is unique because usually when we have a book fair, scholars have to pay for books," said Principal Tracey Garrett. She said this was great because the money didn't have to come out of parent's pockets. She added, it’s an opportunity for them to have access to literature for free, no charge."

WMAR-2 News raised close to $10,000 through the Scripps Howard Foundation's "If You Give a Kid a Book" campaign, donating nearly $4,000 books to two underprivileged title one schools in Baltimore City.

Hundreds of the books go straight to students. "This is an opportunity for them to enjoy books outside of the school setting," said Principal Garrett. Hundreds more stayed in the library, more than 700.

Thursday, the focus was on the Historic Cherry Hill Elementary Middle School. On Tuesday, books will be donated to Arundel Elementary Middle School.