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Beadle Elementary School recently held an astonishingly productive book drive to benefit the Big Red Bookshelf program, organized by Kindergarten teacher Peggy Schortzman. The students donated over 700 books as well as a new Big Red Bookshelf.

The Big Red Bookshelf program, a partnership between United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton and Yankton Area Literacy Council, recirculates donated children's books back into the community where they are made available free for families to own. Books are collected, sorted, cleaned and affixed with a label, then set out on bright red bookshelves at sites where families will have easy access to them. Children are encouraged to take a book home with them to keep and share!

The Big Red Bookshelves are located at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Pediatrics Unit, United Church of Christ/The Banquet and Yankton Medical Clinic.

If your group is interested in conducting a book drive or hosting a bookshelf, please contact United Way & Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton at 605-665-6766 or
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