Last November, Scholastic, in partnership with the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) a coalition of 75 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems, announced the School District of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA as the inaugural winner of the Richard M. Robinson Literacy Champion Award. The annual award, created and named in honor of the late Scholastic Chairman and CEO, Richard (Dick) Robinson, recognizes a CGCS member school district for demonstrated progress in advancing reading achievement.
As the award-winner, the School District of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA selected its own General George G. Meade School to receive the grand prize, which is designed to help increase book access and create a lasting culture of literacy.
During a library unveiling event last week, Scholastic provided General George G. Meade School with a total of 13,878 high-quality, age-appropriate books, which can be used as take-home book packs, reading libraries, classroom collections and educational programming.
To further support these efforts and in preparation for summer break, starting this month, General George G. Meade School students will receive take home book packs to add to their home libraries, encouraging independent reading beyond the classroom.
In addition to these literacy donations from Scholastic, IKEA donated multiple items to the library including new bookcases, shelving and storage units.
This award honors the late Chairman and CEO Richard (Dick) Robinson, who believed wholeheartedly that children should have expanding access to stories and engaging educational materials. Congratulations to the School District of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA and General George G. Meade School. To see more about this exciting event and award, please follow Scholastic’s Education account on Twitter @ScholasticED!