At the regular Board of Education meeting in February, Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS) presented Caroline County Public Library with a donation of $20,000 for Imagination Library, a program which provides a free, age-appropriate book to any child in the county from birth to age five.
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.
Dr. Saelens shared that 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. Mr. Nagel stated, “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.”
Dr. Saelens stated that 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.”