Caroline schools raise more than $20,000 for Imagination Library

Caroline Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patty Saelens, left, presents a giant check Debby Bennett, executive director of Caroline County Public Library. Staff raised more than $20,000 for Imagination Library.

DENTON — At the Feb. 2 school board meeting, Caroline County Public Schools presented Caroline County Public Library with a donation of $20,325 for Imagination Library, a program which provides a free, age-appropriate book to any child in the county from birth to age 5.

This is the fifth year CCPS staff has taken on the Imagination Library fundraising endeavor. The central office and schools individually decide which fundraising activities will work for them and plan accordingly. One of the most popular fundraisers is a “jeans day” for staff.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patty Saelens said Instruction and Support Services, the two “sides of the house,” always go toe-to-toe in fundraising. Competition between schools usually contributes to increasing the overall donation. Donations are also generously given by CCPS business partners, some local and some from other parts of the country.

Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Milton Nagel said, “We share with our business partners that in a county such as this, often the first time a child sees a book is when they enter our classrooms. Many generously donate to help provide books to children in their homes.”

Saelens said the schools and staff have a great time raising funds and enjoying the friendly competition but everyone is serious about the purpose.

“With this donation, Imagination Library puts books in the hands of 814 of our youngest children, which contributes to ensuring they enter school ready to learn. We are proud to be a part of this worthwhile program and grateful to Caroline County Public Library for all they do for children,” Saelens said.

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