11:07 PM EST, January 29, 2012
There’s good news for babies born at Meritus Medical Center.
Each will be given children’s books while their parents receive information on the importance of reading to their children.
For the 10th year in a row, the Books for Babies program has sponsored a “Reading to Make Cents” contest.
Washington County elementary students obtain sponsors to make pledges for every book they read during American Education Week in November.
The contest encourages students to read while encouraging reading to babies.
Five countywide winners were announced at a ceremony that was held Jan. 9 at the North Pointe location of Washington County Free Library. Prizes were awarded to the five students who raised the most money.
First prize, a Kindle Touch, went to Mac-Kenzie MacCarter from Eastern Elementary School. The second-place prize, a $100 Walmart gift card, was given to Corrin Line from Rockland Woods Elementary. Karissa Mitchell, from Winter Street Elementary, received the third-place prize of a book prize package and in a tie for fourth place, Abigail Lehr from Boonsboro Elementary and Wesley Blood from Sharpsburg Elementary, were each awarded a $50 gift card from Target.
Teacher Amy Rogers of Eastern Elementary received a check for $100 for a classroom library. This was awarded to the class that raised the most money.
Prizes were donated or assisted by HH Gregg, Domino’s, Walmart and Target. The book prize package was donated by the School Achievement Specialists of Washington County Public Schools. Discovery Station also donated tickets as second prize for each school winner. Almost $9,500 was raised.
The Books for Babies program is a volunteer-managed program coordinated through Washington County Free Library, Meritus Medical Center and Washington County Public Schools.
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