LAWTON, OK (TNN) - Two elementary schools in Lawton received over 1,000 books Wednesday and its all thanks to your generous donations. The UPS Store on 2nd Street spent its holiday season raising money for the books and they were delivered to Lincoln and Pat Henry Elementary.
For the past ten years, UPS stores across the country partner with Scholastic Books and the U.S. Marine Corp for the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
“Putting books in the hands of students is very important as they develop a love for reading," said Oscar Castro, principal of Lincoln Elementary. "Now that they’re getting past reading comprehension, they’re developing their love for reading. I think the kids will love these books.”
Every dollar that was donated bought one book for a student. 1,280 books were split between Pat Henry and Lincoln Elementary. Yvonne Landmark is the owner of the UPS Store and says they received an outpouring of support.
“For me, its huge to know kids get a chance to not only read a library book, but to take a book home and read it over and over again," Landmark said.
Nearly 900 kids are benefiting from the book donations. They are shown the value of reading and literacy, by having the community support their education.
“The community is always a strong ally here in the school as we work to educate our kids," said Castro. "Just having them donate these books is very important to our parents, teachers, and students.”
Though the UPS Store ran the Toys for Tots Literacy Campaign in fall 2018 you can donate to the program year round. Just one dollar added to your transaction will put a book in the hands of an LPS student.