Logan CrawfordMay 5, 2017, 10:48 pmMay 6, 2017, 8:11 am

Uniondale schools receive over 20,000 books in hopes to encourage summer reading

Administrators say 7,000 kids should be able to take 3 books with them each during vacation

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The Uniondale School District received more than 20,000 hard and soft cover books worth $250,000, from the national non-profit organization First Book. It’s all to promote literacy and a love for reading among the students.

Uniondale won the First Book challenge by collecting 1,000 signatures in the community that stated they wanted the books. Officials say it's the only district in Nassau County to win the contest.

With a gift of 21,000 books and 7,000 kids in the district, each student should be able to take home three books for the summer. Administrators hope to do this again next year, so students will have books to read next summer too.

New York State United Teachers helped deliver the books to Uniondale High School Friday morning to a student from each grade in the district.

The books will be distributed to the rest of the schools in the district over the next couple of weeks.

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