Sunny View prepares for summer reading with Book Day

First graders Evan McCraw and Kimberly Bradley show off some of the books that Sunny View students received.

Sunny View School celebrated “Book Day” on June 8 – a great end-of-year event to give the students a head start on their summer reading.

Every student received free books, which had been carefully picked for their quality and their ability to encourage a love of reading.

Previously called RIF (Reading is Fundamental) and federally funded, the program now has local funding from several sources. Nancy’s Books, a special fund at the Polk County Community Foundation, was formed with a large donation from an anonymous donor and ensures the continuation of the program in perpetuity even though federal funding has ended. Nancy understands the value of books in the home and is delighted that the students at Sunny View School will have the opportunity to receive three high-quality reading books each year to build their personal book collections.

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Local community organizations Pavillon International and Lebanon United Methodist Women also made generous donations to the cause. Bailey and Elizabeth Nager of Tryon are the volunteer coordinators of the program.

The school would like to thank the benevolent donors for helping promote literacy in the Sunny View community.