|For Immediate Release|
|Wednesday, October 28, 1998|
Brockton Elementary School Students Receive Books as part of State's "Spread The Word" Book Distribution Program
Malden - On Thursday, October 29, 280 students at the Gilmore School in Brockton are receiving a special delivery -- 1,500 books to take home and keep, as part of the state's Spread the Word book distribution program that gives books to children who have few books at home, from other children who no longer need the books.
The books delivered to the students in grades K-3 at the Gilmore School come from students and families of the Comprehensive Grammar School in Methuen and the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School in Franklin. Each student will receive a bag containing five books.
Massachusetts Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll said, "Students need to read well, if they are to be successful in school. Children who own books and read them at home are more likely to become proficient readers. The Spread the Word program helps, and I am pleased that it makes a difference."
Schools with students designated to receive books are identified based on results of the 1998 Iowa Grade 3 Reading Test. Schools that reported the highest percentage of students reading at low levels were selected to receive books this year. In addition to Brockton, students at schools in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Fall River, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester are receiving books this year.
The Spread the Word program was initiated in 1995 by then Lt. Governor Paul Cellucci and his wife, Jan. This year's program, coordinated by the Massachusetts Department of Education, will deliver 60,000 books to 12,000 students in eleven school districts.
The coordinators for the Thursday delivery are Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School Headmaster James Bower in Franklin (508-541-3434), Comprehensive Grammar School Principal Richard Raiche, in Methuen (978-681-1330), and Gilmore School Principal Judith Talley, in Brockton (508-580-7274).
For more information on Spread the Word, visit the Massachusetts Department of Education website at www.doe.mass.edu.