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Baltimore Reads book drive nets 25,000 works for children


The annual Baltimore Reads Books For Kids Day book collection project pulled in more than 25,000 children's books for the Baltimore-based literacy organization that operates a year-round book bank for low-income families.

The book drive drew support from more than 100 groups and individuals, culminating in a drop-off May 13 at Polytechnic Institute and Western High School in Baltimore.

A top contributor was Bayside Elementary School in the Queen Anne's County community of Stevensville, where two pupils - Stephanie Nhem and Caitlin Driscoll - led an effort that collected 2,300 books.

Other contributors to the campaign included Greg Mazur, a Howard County teen-ager who organized a book drive as an Eagle Scout project that brought in nearly 1,600 books; the Boy Scouts of America; Girl Scouts of Central Maryland; and Mount Washington Elementary School.

Baltimore Reads Book Bank has given out more than 525,000 books to low-income families since 1992 through schools, homeless shelters, community centers and other nonprofit organizations.

The title sponsor of this year's Books for Kids Day campaign was Sylvan Learning Foundation, with other underwriting and contributions from Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages and Von Paris Moving and Storage.

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