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Venice Elementary presents 1,500 books to Tuttle Elementary students

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Up With books

BOOK BONANZA – Tuttle Elementary School second-graders Haley Urquiza-Varela and Landon Waters look over the bags of books delivered to their school by teachers and volunteers from Venice Elementary School. Teacher Bethany Burnett, in foreground, and parent volunteer Chandra Reilly helped with the collection and distribution of the books.

SARASOTA COUNTY, May 3, 2017 – Venice Elementary School partnered with Tuttle Elementary School in April for a district program called “Up With Books.”

During National Literacy Action Week in January, Venice Elementary held a book drive that collected more than 1,500 new and gently used books. The books were placed in bags that each contained three books, a personal note and a bookmark for each student at Tuttle Elementary School. More than 60 volunteer hours were dedicated to the project.

On April 5, Venice Elementary volunteers, teachers and Principal Erin Del Castillo delivered books to Tuttle Elementary School students. The partnership will close with fourth and fifth grade classes reading the same book and blogging with each other via classroom email regarding the book they read.

The “Up With Books” project was initiated by Laura Kingsley, The Sarasota County Schools Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, in support of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

Chandra Reilly, the Venice Elementary Volunteer of the Year, was instrumental in organizing the project. “What a great initiative to be involved with,” she said. “Delivering our finished book bags was the best part of the event! We love Tuttle Elementary students!”


Venice Elementary School is located at 150 E. Miami Ave. in Venice.
Tuttle Elementary School is located at 2863 Eighth Street in Sarasota.



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