AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The United Way of the CSRA held their second annual Book Bash Friday at the KROC Center lawn, where they gave away thousands of books to kids for free. Over 4,000 books were collected in around 6 months to give away to kids of all ages.
Joslyn Richards, an Americorp VISTA with United Way, says the purpose of this event is to encourage students to read more over the summer. "Statistics have shown that there is a decline in reading levels over the summer, that's why we're trying to combat that to curve summer reading loss," Richards said.
This event was sponsored by CareSource and Amerigroup Insurance. Around 300 backpacks were given away for free to kids from ages 0-18. United Way Partnered with the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, Richmond County BOE, Toys for Tots Literacy Program, GoodReads, GoodBooks, and Hire Grounds.
Next year, The United Way plans to extend the book collection drive to more businesses and individuals who want to donate. Leftover books will be donated to partner agencies for their children and reading areas and local schools to help build new teacher's classroom libraries, and other reading programs to help encourage Summer Reading.