On Thursday February 21st, Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ) delivered nearly 200 donated books to 5 Willingboro Elementary Schools. The books were donated through the Library of Congress Surplus Book Program. The program takes extra copies of published works and makes them available for donation to schools and qualified charitable organizations.
Congressman Runyan was able to tour J.C. Stuart Elementary School, W.R. James Sr. Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, Garfield East Elementary School, and Twin Hills Elementary School. Each school received nearly 40 books. The Congressman was able to speak with school administrators, students, and teachers while visiting the schools. At Hawthorne Elementary School, Congressman Runyan joined a class in the library and read the students a story from one of the donated books.
"It was a pleasure getting to spend the morning with all the students at the Willingboro Elementary Schools," said Congressman Runyan. "Reading is fundamental to education and early childhood development and it is important to encourage children to read as much as possible. With local, state, and federal education budgets being cut during this economic crisis, it is important that schools utilize any and all programs to benefit their students. The Surplus Book Program allows for schools to help supplement the reading material available in their classrooms and libraries."
Since his election, Congressman Runyan has been active in the Surplus Book Programs. He has supplied books to many schools, senior centers, and charities, including schools that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Earlier this year Congressman Runyan donated books and spent time with the students of Hugh J Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights. This school was one of the hardest hit schools and lost its entire book collection following Hurricane Sandy. Congressman Runyan was able to help grow the new library with boxes of new books.
High Resolution Pictures of Congressman Runyan on the tour will be available upon request.