|For Immediate Release|
|Friday, July 31, 1998|
"Spread the Word" Brings 1,500 Books from Wrentham's Delaney School to Lt. Clayre Sullivan School in Holyoke
Malden - On Monday morning, August 3, fifteen hundred children's books will be picked up at the Delaney Elementary School in Wrentham and delivered to the Lt. Clayre Sullivan School in Holyoke, as part of the Commonwealth's Spread the Word program.
Spread the Word is the state's ongoing "kids to kids" book recycling program, which distributes books donated by students who no longer use them, to children who need them. For the students at the Lt. Clayre Sullivan School, this means that they will receive several books to take home and keep for their own.
Commissioner of Education David P. Driscoll said, "Children who own books tend to read them over and over again, memorizing the stories and learning how to follow and identify words on each page. Ownership of books and learning to read well are critical if students are to succeed in school. The Spread the Word program helps."
Spread the Word was initiated in 1995 by then Lt. Governor Paul Cellucci and his wife Jan. It is now coordinated by the Massachusetts Department of Education, with support from Governor Cellucci and seven statewide education associations.
Recipient schools were identified by a 1996 state survey that indicated an urgent need for book ownership by students. This school year, 26 schools in 12 districts were identified, and donations are coming from schools throughout the state. By August 1998, Spread the Word will have distributed more than 60,000 books to over 12,000 students.
The coordinators for the Monday delivery are Delaney School Principal Albert Gibbons, in Wrentham (508-384-5431), and Lt. Clayre Sullivan School Principal Bill Benedict, in Holyoke (413-534-2060).