WAKE Up and Read Book Drive Falling Short of Goal to Collect 110,000 Books

Donations Needed; Book Drive Numbers are Low So Far
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Organizers of Wake County's annual WAKE Up and Read book drive are hoping to collect 110,000 books for students in 10 Wake County public elementary schools, surrounding child care centers and 20 community centers. This year, however, book drive organizers say the numbers are much lower than expected. Only 21,000 books have been collected so far, and the drive ends March 12.

"We desperately need our community to 'wake up' and help us get new or gently used books into the hands of children who need them," says WCPSS K-12 Literacy Director Sherri Miller. "It is critical that we have more students reading in the very early years. Solid reading skills must be in place for all other kinds of learning to happen."

WAKE Up and Read is asking everyone in Wake County to go through bookshelves, closets, attics and garages to find books that are appropriate for children up to 12 years old.

Volunteers will be on hand at Cary Towne Center to collect books at the following dates and times:

Wednesday, March 2, 9 a.m. to noon

Thursday, March 3, 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9, 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.wakeupandread.org.
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