Excited Chester Upland School of the Arts (CUSA) students entered a classroom with broad smiles and anticipation last week as they were given the opportunity to select a personal book from specially marked tables.
Chester Upland School District (CUSD) Director of Curriculum and Instruction Malika Savoy Brooks said Jessica Bradbury, director of communications for Duffy Books in Homes, USA, Inc., contacted the district in July with a proposition. Bradbury said if Stetser, Main Street and CUSA students organized a fundraiser and raised $1,000, Duffy would donate an additional $2,000, which would give the schools $3,000 in scholastic books to take home.
Savoy Brooks said due to financial challenges facing the district, a commitment was impossible. However, after learning of the situation, one of the major sponsors of Duffy Books, BDP International, decided to make a $3,000 contribution to the three schools.
“The children chose the book they wanted,” said Savoy Brooks. “This is wonderful because the book give away encourages reading, which is our goal.”