Clarendon County School District, in partnership with the Carolina Family Engagement Center, held Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies in Manning and Turbeville, officially urging students and families to begin their in-home libraries. Students from across the district can earn tokens through good behavior and academic achievement, which can be used in the book vending machines.
“The book vending machines are to foster a greater love for reading in a fun and kind way,” said Dr. Jacqueline Inabinette, Assistant Superintendent of Administration. “The idea is to catch students doing well academically and behavior-wise and give them a token to get books.”
This movement is another collaborative way for our district to partner with parents to build more extensive home libraries and build greater bonds in our families and the community while continuing to inspire our children and young adults to enjoy reading. Books will be available for students in PreK through Grade 12 and will be restocked monthly on the last business day of each month with the support of the Carolina Family Engagement Center, Save the Children, and other supportive partners.
“We are thankful to all of our partners and the assistance from the South Carolina Department of Education in ensuring that we promote literacy in our district,” said Dr. Jacqueline Inabinette, Assistant Superintendent of Administration.
When asked what the students thought about the machines, Kayden Crissanti, daughter of CCSD educators, stated, “I think it’s great!” Crrissanti was one of seven students in both areas who witnessed the vending machines firsthand.
Principals who attended also saw the benefit of having the book vending machines throughout the county.
“The more you read, the more you know, and the more you will grow,” stated Terrie Ard, Principal of Manning Junior High School.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the Summerton area will occur on Wednesday, May 17th, at 12 pm at Pearson’s Barber Shop at 33 Railroad Ave. Summerton, SC.
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