Excellence in Education: Harvest of Books

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


Thousands of local students will be kicking off their Thanksgiving break by reading. It’s thanks in part to the ‘Harvest of Books’ tradition.

Tuesday afternoon, first and second graders at Huntington elementary got to take home a brand new book. The Lincoln Education Association, with the help of community donations, provided more than 7,000 books. First and second grade students in almost every Lincoln school were given a book this week.

The ‘Harvest of Books’ event was created to promote the love of reading.

"Getting that book to take home, a lot of them will be around more family this weekend; they get a chance to share that with their family and we hope, kind of really spark that love of reading and maybe prompt a few of them to maybe ask for another book or 2 come holiday season,” says Rita Bennett, President of the Lincoln Education Association.          

This is the 20th year for the ‘Harvest of Books.’  More than 170,000 books have been given out to Lincoln students over the years.

If you’d like to donate, they accept books year round. For more information, just click on this link: donate to ‘Harvest of Books.’