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 fourth 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 they usually include silent auctions, raffles, bake sales, and potluck dinners. One of the most popular fundraisers is a ‘jeans day’ for staff members.
Competition often contributes to increasing the overall donation. Instruction and Support Services, the two ‘sides of the house’, always go toe-to-toe in fundraising. The schools also compete against one another for the prize of a December visit from Santa Elves, which was won this year by Greensboro Elementary School.
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. They find that unacceptable and generously open their wallets to help.”
Dr. Saelens stated, “The schools and staff have a great time raising funds and enjoying the friendly competition, but we are serious about the purpose. Imagination Library puts books in the hands 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.”
Photo L-R: Dr. Saelens; Amanda Courie, Debby Bennett, and Amy Brandt from the Caroline County Public Library; Mr. Nagel