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Teachers Organize "Stop, Drop and Read" Book Exchange

Large group photo of Great Neck teachers who volunteered for the Stop, Drop and Read book collection

On July 29, more than 50 members of the Great Neck Teachers Association (GNTA) volunteered for a districtwide community book exchange titled, “Stop Drop and Read.” Thanks to the generosity of community members, thousands of books were donated during the one-day book drive.

The teachers organized a contactless book drop-off at South Middle School. Community members drove to the bus loop at the front of the school, where GNTA members retrieved the donated books from car trunks.

Male teacher holds a cardboard box full of books that was donated during the book drive.

Books were collected, sanitized, organized by grade level, and packaged in tote bags for distribution to students throughout the district. The tote bags also included fun summer items donated by the GNTA, including sidewalk chalk, bouncy balls, activity pads, and crayons.

Almost 200 students received a surprise summer fun tote bag, delivered to their homes by staff volunteers.  The school district’s social work team helped identify students who would benefit from new reading materials to support literacy during the summer months.

A male and female teacher wearing masks standing behind boxes of blue tote bags, filled with books and fun items for students

The community donations were so generous that hundreds of boxes of extra books were delivered to Book Fairies in Freeport, which is a not-for-profit organization that distributes books to those unable to access materials on their own.