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Book bags bring joy of literacy

St. Augustine Record (FL)

When you talk to volunteers involved in giving away books and book bags to 3-year-olds in preschools around the area, they sound as excited as, well, children. "The best part is being with the kids," said Kathy Callery, who says the biggest kick children get out of the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida's book bag giveaway, at least at first, is the arrival of a volunteer dressed as Dora the Explorer. "They focus of course on that because they don’t know so much about the books." But after reading, game playing and dancing with the volunteers, the children know more about books and get excited as green book bags are handed out. Those bags, filled with a dozen age-appropriate books for 3-year-olds, will be going home with the children, part of an effort to promote early literacy. Each teacher also gets a bag of books for the classroom.

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