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Books Thu Oct 03 2013

'Operation: Book Drop' Donates Thousands of Books to CPS Schools

book-drop.jpgMore than 40% of CPS elementary schools and 56% of district-run high schools do not have a librarian, which, by CPS definition, means they do not have a library. These numbers are a troublesome increase since even 2011, when 30% of elementary and 28% of high schools lacked libraries, according to the Chicago Teachers Union.

In response, the CTU has put together Operation: Book Drop, "to keep the appreciation of literature at the forefront of education in schools." Today, October 3, they plan to deliver more than 5,000 books to South Shore Fine Arts Elementary School, Hyde Park Academy, South Shore International College Prep, and the much-embattled Whittier Elementary School in Pilsen.

Photo courtesy of the CTU website

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