Fort Lee Soldiers Donate More Than 1500 Books To Petersburg School

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — On Monday, dozens of community partners, as well as local and state leaders read books to Petersburg students in recognition of Read Across America Day, celebrated annually on March 2.

Governor Terry McAuliffe read aloud to kindergarten and first grade students at A.P. Hill Elementary School. During his visit the Governor encouraged students to “read often, eat your vegetables, and work hard.”

Nearly 50 Fort Lee soldiers also read aloud to all 28 classes at A.P. Hill Elementary.

Fort Lee also donated 1538 books to the school. Each student took home several donated books. “We want to be a positive influence on the students in this community. It’s a win-win for all involved,” said Fort Lee representative, Sgt. First Class Herschel Gillins.

The Virginia State University Men’s Basketball team visited Walnut Hill Elementary School (WHES) for Read Across America Day. The student athletes and head coach not only read aloud to WHES students but encouraged them to strive for greatness. VSU book day

“I want my athletes to always give back and to do what they can to support their community. We enjoy the students at WHES and we hope they enjoy us,” said Lonnie Blow, men’s basketball coach at VSU.

Petersburg City Public Schools (PCPS) would like to thank everyone who visited a school in the division in celebration of Read Across America Day. Read Across America is an initiative of the National Education Association to promote reading and literacy. The annual observance is timed to coincide with the birthday of children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

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