Dugas Family Foundation Supports Literacy Through Scholastic Book Fairs

A donation from the Dugas Family Foundation will support literacy and put books in the hands of students across the District during the Fall 2012 Scholastic Book Fairs.

“As a Scholastic Book Fair Field Representative, I have firsthand knowledge of the challenges school libraries face as their budgets shrink each year,” said Rita Forbes, Field Representative Scholastic Book Fairs, Southeast Region.

Last fall with a generous donation from the Dugas Family Foundation, Scholastic Book Fairs was able to aide schools by placing more than 25,000 books into the hands of students in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

“I am so pleased to share that the cards, letters and pictures sent to the Dugas family from your students and teachers, along with stories of how these books impacted our kids has inspired the Dugas family to once again support literacy with a gift of $5.00 per child based on enrollment, to be used during your school’s Fall 2012 Scholastic Book Fair,” said Forbes.

Schools may use the grant money to provide a book $5.00 or under to each student attending the book fair through the “All for Books” program; use the funds to purchase books from the fair for classroom libraries; use the funds to buy needed books from the fair for their media centers; use funds to go toward a community educational program for parents to promote reading in their homes with the “Read and Rise” program; or use any combination of these programs best suited to their student body.

Through the “All for Books” program, Scholastic matches donated books, up to a million books a year, so thousands of children across the United States receive books through “Kids in Distressed Situations” and “Kids in Need Foundation” as a result of this program.

The “Read and Rise” program helps educate parents about the family’s role and influence in promoting the love of reading to their children by hosting workshops for parents during their school book fairs and providing a book to each child.

“We are so grateful to the Dugas Family Foundation not only for their support of education but for their love of reading,” said Lee Hale, Principal of Meigs Middle School. “It was so satisfying to see the excitement that this gift brought to each of our students as he or she picked out just the right book.  A book in each student’s hand is a truly inspiring picture.”

This month alone over 10,000 students will be touched by the Dugas Family Foundation gift.

“The Book Fair is a vital fundraiser for our schools, but this partnership is doing much more than just raising money for our libraries, we are working hard to raise a generation of readers by giving kids:

  • Access to a large selection of books for a wide range of interests and reading levels.                                                 
  • Choice: Students will read more when they have a choice in what they read. Choice leads to motivation, which leads to increased voluntary reading.
  • Involvement: Families that demonstrate interest in books and reading help students form lifelong reading habits.                                                         
  • Reading Practice: When students are enthusiastic about what they read, they get more practice and become better readers and learners.

It is my sincere desire along with my working team at Scholastic Book Fairs to be true literacy partners with your school,” said Forbes.

Pictured above: Lee Hale, Meigs Middles School Principal, and Rita Forbes, Field Representative Scholastic Book Fairs, Southeast Region.