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Scholastic Book Fair helps provide 30,000 books to Fayette County teachers and students

Posted at 12:40 PM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 21:26:03-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Tuesday marked the kick off to a program that makes sure kids in Fayette County Schools have access to books.

The Scholastic Book Fair is a nationwide initiative that helps students, and a branch of LEX 18’s parent company, The Scripps Howard Foundation, is a big supporter.

There was quite the pomp and circumstance at Leestown Middle School on Tuesday morning, as a gym full of excited 6th graders waited on the big news.

“We get to bring students from our schools together to celebrate the love of reading that Leestown already has,” said Claudett Edie, Library Media Specialist at Leestown Middle School.

Fayette County School's Title I department is partnering with the Scholastic Book Fair program to put around 30,000 books into the hands of students and teachers.

“All students in all of our Title I schools in Fayette County, which there's 31 of them, get to choose 2 books. The purpose of that is to build an at-home library,” said Mendy Mills, Associate Director of Title I for Fayette County Public Schools.

In addition to students taking home free books, teachers get to choose 4 books for their classrooms.

Lex 18 Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck emceed Tuesday’s announcement assembly, imparting some wisdom along the way.

“My advice to you on this is the same advice I gave my own daughter, it's the same advice I've given hundreds of times as I've spoken to school kids, find something that you, that YOU, think is interesting. Check that book out, and read it,” Meck told the students.

Because you never know when reading could turn the page to a full time career, say, in meteorology.