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JFCS of the Suncoast’s Book Drive & Distribution Benefits Fruitville Elementary Students, Among Others

Provided by Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast

SARASOTA COUNTY, June 12, 2019 — This year’s 4th annual “Take-a-Look, Buy-a-Book, Donate” provided more than 4,000 books to children in Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) of the Suncoast’s programs: Building Strong Families (homeless or near homeless), Healthy Children Healthy Families, Healthy Fathers, Veterans Services, Camp Mariposa (children impacted by substance abuse), VIP-ER, Children’s Counseling and Crisis Services, and SATOSS (safe alternative to out of school suspension). Books were delivered to city police departments, the Sheriff’s Office, Early Learning Coalition, schools with a Title 1 designation, hospitals, Embracing Our Differences, First 1,000 Days and the All Star Children Foundation, among others.

The generous support of local volunteers, donors and partners allowed JFCS of the Suncoast to provide new books for the neediest children in the community. Over 3 million people in the United States cannot read beyond a third-grade level and JFCS of the Suncoast has been steadfast in its efforts to help fight illiteracy and create a better community.

Holly Chesnoff, elementary education program specialist with Sarasota County Schools, captures the value of this book drive by saying: “We are grateful to JFCS of the Suncoast for this wonderful gift. We know that when students choose their books, they are more likely to read them. And when students want to read books they’re interested in, it has the potential to increase their vocabulary, fluency, self-confidence and foster an overall love of reading.”

Together, we are changing lives forever Our collaboration is helping promote literacy for infants, pre-K through 5th graders and teens—focusing on low-income and at-risk children. We are grateful for our community partners!


Group photo of JFCS