Plainfield Students Benefit From Book Drive

PLAINFIELD – Barnes & Noble’s Clark branch has partnered with United Way of Greater Union County to donate over 600 books to Clinton Elementary in Plainfield.

United Way President & CEO James W. Horne Jr., United Way Staff, teachers of Clinton Elementary, and Principal B.J. Brown-Johnson distributed all-time classic books like “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and the Judy Blume series to nearly 400 students from kindergarten to fifth grade.


The book-give away, now in its fourth year, is aimed at promoting children’s literacy and reading skills. Horne says that he and fellow volunteers hope to expand the program to include additional Union County schools.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of Barnes & Noble, United Way, and, especially, their patrons who donated the books for helping us in this effort,” stated Clinton School Principal Brown-Johnson.

“Reading is the foundation of all academic success,” says Horne. “United Way is proud that through this partnership with Barnes & Noble, we are able to provide each Clinton Elementary student with their own book to help foster the love of reading and learning.”

For more information about becoming involved in a book drive or other volunteer opportunities, contact United Way of Greater Union County at 1-908-353-7171.

James W. Horne Jr., president & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County, is pictured with kindergarten students of Clinton Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of United Way of Greater Union County)

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