Cincinnati Council 8 members helped a community book drive surpass its goal of furnishing 3,000 books to the city’s elementary schools. In fact, AFSCME unions were responsible for nearly half of the 3,400 books collected during the two-week effort.
“Our goal was to place one new book in the hands of each student in kindergarten through third grade before the start of summer vacation – and we succeeded,” said Gina Pratt, president of AFSCME Local 3119, representing the city’s public health nurses. According to Pratt, summer reading is critical for every student, and especially important in helping to meet Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.
Each book given to a student will come with corresponding activities and will encourage summer reading through incentives tied to a student’s school.
“This is our way of giving back to the community,” said Cincinnati Regional Director Renita Jones-Street. “And in the front of each book there was a label naming the union that provided the book,” she said.
Members of the six AFSCME local unions representing city members who pitched in to help.