Colleton kids to receive books from special state program

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PRESS RELEASE. The Original Six Foundation (O6 Foundation) is proud to announce that the 2022 My First Library program will serve 30 South Carolina schools. During the month of May, the program will provide students in the state’s highest-need areas with summer reading books to build at-home libraries.

My First Library will impact more than 2,800 students in 5K to ensure they are prepared to enter the first grade. Targeting resources at this stage of development is critical to a child’s future academic success and is an under-served effort across the state. In the Colleton County School District, the program will provide nearly 5,000 to more than 380 students at Bells Elementary, Black Street Early Childhood Center, Cottageville Elementary and Hendersonville Elementary schools on May 20th.

“A love of learning is the single most important gift we can leave to our kids. When we teach a child how to read, we open the doors of opportunity for them to dream big. That’s why 06 and our My First Library program is so important. When we give them the tools to succeed, we empower them to change the world,’” said Nikki Haley, founder and chair of the 06 Foundation.

My First Library book fairs will be held in 11 school districts across Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Florence, Kershaw, Marion Richland, and Union counties at schools that have been determined as high poverty areas by the S.C. Department of Education.

Founded in 2011 by then-S.C. Gov. Haley, the 06 Foundation believes children across South Carolina deserve a quality education regardless of where they are born and raised.

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