Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart today thanked Wells Fargo for donating $20,000 to the Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser. FDOE partnered with the Florida Education Foundation (FEF) and independent booksellers across the state to raise funds to support schools damaged badly by Hurricane Michael. Tax-deductible donations can still be made to the FEF Hurricane Relief Fund.
Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said, “I appreciate Wells Fargo’s generous donation, which will put books in the hands of Florida students who have lost so much. It has been my experience that reading can provide a much-needed escape during trying times, and I am proud that we will be able to help students in this way as they adjust to a new normal. I hope that those who were unable to shop at one of the participating bookstores will follow Wells Fargo’s lead and consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Florida Education Foundation’s Hurricane Relief Fund.”
“We remain committed to helping rebuild communities across the state as impacted Floridians focus on recovery from the sheer devastation caused last month by Hurricane Michael,” said Wells Fargo Florida Community Affairs Manager Kate Wilson.
On Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4, 2018, the following bookstores and countless Floridians participated in the Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief Fundraiser. These bookstores donated a portion of sale proceeds to be invested in local literacy grants for school districts and educators to purchase books for schools impacted by Hurricane Michael.
- Bayou Books, Niceville
- Books & Books, Coral Gables
- MacIntosh Books, Sanibel Island
- Midtown Reader, Tallahassee
- Story & Song, Fernandina Beach
- San Marco Bookstore, Jacksonville
The Re-book to Re-build: Hurricane Relief initiative is aimed at helping school districts, students and communities hit the hardest by Hurricane Michael recover their libraries and for students to rediscover the joy of reading.
For more information about the Florida Education Foundation, please visit floridaeducationfoundation.org.
For more information about the Florida Department of Education, visit fldoe.org.
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