Hundreds of books collected at Illinois State Fair will go to area students
SPRINGFIELD, IL â€“ Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon donated hundreds of books to Springfield School District 186 on Thursday. Simonâ€™s office collected the books throughout the 2014 Illinois State Fair, which ran from Aug. 8 through Aug. 17. Simon is also sponsoring a back-to-school book drive at the DuQuoin State Fair, which begins Friday.
â€œThanks to the generosity of our donors, Springfield students will find new books in their classrooms when they return to school this year,â€ Simon said. â€œWe hope that by donating these books, we can help turn students on to reading at a young age and put them on a path of lifelong learning.â€
â€œI am pleased to join the Lt. Governor this Thursday to accept a generous donation of new and gently used books for Springfield Public School District 186 students,â€ said Springfield Public School District 186 Superintendent, Mrs. Jennifer Gill. â€œProviding reading materials for students during the school day and materials to take home is essential in achieving their reading goals. I appreciate the Lt. Governor’s office in their endeavors to collect books during the 2014 Illinois State Fair.â€
As an ambassador for Illinois Reads, Simon partnered with the Illinois Reading Council to hold the back-to-school book drive at her tent during the 10-day fair. Visitors could drop off new or gently used childrenâ€™s books, and also register to win the 36 books selected for Illinois Reads 2014, a literacy project aimed at children and adults.
â€œThe Illinois Reading Council is proud to call Lt. Governor Simon an Illinois Reads ambassador.Â As such, she has helped us to promote reading all across the state,â€ said Illinois Reading Council Past President Tammy Potts, committee chair for Illinois Reads. â€œWith 36 titles by 36 Illinois authors, Illinois Reads has something for everyone, from read-alouds for babies, to interesting and thrilling books for students and seniors.
Lt. Governor Simon is encouraging visitors to the DuQuoin State Fair to donate new or gently-used books, which will be donated to DuQuoin schools. The Lt. Governorâ€™s tent is located across from the grandstand and will be open Friday, Aug. 22 to Monday, Sept. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends. For more information about Illinois Reads, please visit www.IllinoisReads.org.