On Saturday, May 13, hundreds of Longwood community members attended the Middle Island Teachers Association (MITA) fourth book giveaway. To date, more than 90,000 books have been distributed to the community, placing Longwood in second place for distribution in New York State. The United Federation of Teachers which covers all of New York City is currently in first place.
“We are grateful to the Middle Island Teachers Association for organizing and coordinating this incredibly successful event for the fourth time,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael R. Lonergan. “The preparation and implementation of this event exemplify what many school districts attempt to create, a true sense of community and pride. Our teachers, administrators, support staff, and students worked collaboratively to produce a fabulous event that benefited our community.”
Through the National Book Bank program, First Book connects publishers with local schools and community programs serving children in need. The nation’s only clearinghouse for large-scale book donations, the National Book Bank puts over 8 million books each year into the hands of kids.
The tremendous turnout for Longwood’s book giveaway, as well as the number of registrations generated for First Book, have also resulted in providing assistance to other communities throughout New York State to receive books as well.