Community Outreach Project Provides Georgian Forest Elementary School Students with Summer Reading Opportunities

August 16, 2001
A partnership between Georgian Forest and Wayside elementary schools and the Peppertree Farm Apartments in Silver Spring has resulted in an innovative community outreach project this summer that is providing easy access to books for children who otherwise might not have that opportunity.

Donations of hundreds of books from the Wayside and Georgian Forest school communities have been gathered in a summer “bookmobile” in the community room of the Peppertree Farm Apartments. Parents of Georgian Forest children who live at the complex staff the weekly book exchange on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and store the library of books in their apartments during the rest of the week. Teachers have come to the bookmobile each week to encourage student participation and assist community volunteers.

The project has been a huge success, with students returning every week to check out several books and accumulating an extensive summer reading list. Volunteer coordinators from both Georgian Forest and Wayside elementary schools have praised the project for its effectiveness in extending community involvement.

For more information, contact:

Peggy Bourg, volunteer coordinator
Georgian Forest Elementary School Tel.: 301-871-2794
Joy Stein, community service chairperson
Wayside Elementary School Tel.: 301-294-2946

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