Thanks to a grant from Eaton, the Sumter Education Foundation was able to purchase 2,990 books for classroom libraries at Kingsbury Elementary School. The books were distributed by a team from Eaton to each classroom teacher.

“The Profile of the South Carolina Graduate aims for students to develop world class skills of critical thinking, communication and knowing how to learn.  The earliest step toward that goal requires that young students have access to books that open up a world of information and knowledge,” said Jonnell Atkins, Kingsbury Elementary School Reading Coach. “The donation of over 2,900 informational texts to our elementary classrooms will have a tremendous impact as we prepare our students to be college and career ready.”

The Sumter Education Foundation’s 500 for 500K fundraising campaign aims to support teachers in Sumter School District in strengthening the reading proficiency of every student from preschool to high school. Research has shown that classroom libraries greatly improve reading performance among students. A large, varied, and often-refreshed collection of books in the classroom improves reading performance in all subject areas.  Children spend more time reading and grow into strong, proficient readers who are workforce and college ready.