A school district in Syracuse New York has plans to send every K-5 student in the district home with a backpack full of 10 books for summer reading. This adds up to 92,910 books.
Scholastic donated more than $100,000 in materials to the project and brought out Clifford the Big Red Dog to help distribute the backpacks to the first-graders. Syracuse.com has the story:
Scholastic Upstate account executive Bob Webber said Scholastic runs the program in many school districts across the country, but this is the first time the Syracuse district has participated. The district kicked off the program this morning at Salem Hyde Elementary School. Mayor Stephanie Miner spoke to first-graders at the school, urging them to read throughout the summer.