Parker Elementary students receive new books to take home over Thanksgiving break

Students were excited to pick out their favorite book to call their own. (WJHG/WECP)

PARKER, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Parker Elementary students were surprised with books to call their very own Wednesday morning.

The St. Joe Community Foundation gave a grant to every school in Bay District. The literacy and attendance grant gives each elementary school $12,500, $10,000 of which goes toward providing a book for every student.

Teachers say this grant is great for the students because it keeps them focused on something other than technology over Thanksgiving break.

Aimee Brooks, a teacher at Parker Elementary, said, "So many of our students don't have books at home, if any at all, and they're always looking for new, exciting books that interest them, excite them about reading, and help them continue to grow as readers."

Students were excited to choose their books, each of them running around to talk about which book they were taking home.

Xavier, a student at Parker Elementary School said he was excited to pick out a PJ Masks book because it had stickers.

The attendance portion of the grant is $2,500, which goes toward things like pizza parties and in some cases even razor scooters for good attendance.

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