You read that correctly. FREE.

Free things are exciting enough, but they're even better when they promote a great cause. Students at Franklin & Montessori at Franklin Elementary School in Rochester were invited to choose five books they'd like to take home to read this summer - all totally FREE!

Book Exchange @ Franklin Elementary School

If those smiling faces and peace signs don't say it, allow me to: they're really happy to be taking these books home!

A representative at Franklin & Montessori at Franklin explained, "We have been doing a book exchange at Franklin and Montessori at Franklin for 7-8 years at the end of each school year. Each classroom in both schools gets to come to choose 5-10 books to take home for the summer and keep forever. All books are donated over the last month of school. Everything from chapter books, to series, picture books and board books, all genres and age levels and reading levels. All books are gently used books donated for others to keep."

The community is getting involved in the project too! I was told, "One grandma to our school donates over 50% of the books to our school for our kids and volunteers each day of the book exchange."

To me, the best part about this initiative is that this is an opportunity for families to come together. It's a chance for parents to read these new books to kids, bond, and solidify their reading skills. Studies show that parents reading to children can indeed benefit their education in a variety of ways.

Kudos to Franklin & Montessori at Franklin for this piece of awesome! Do your kids like to read?

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