JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Toys for Tots Program recently donated 1,000 books to Jamestown Public Schools’ UPK, kindergarten, first and second grade students.
The Toys for Tots National office recently contacted the Chautauqua County Toys for Tots Program, overseen by Heather Brown, Terri Jophnson and Patrick Smeraldo.
“The National and Chautauqua County Toys for Tots Program realize the difficult situation our children and parents are in during this global pandemic and hope to spread just the slightest amount of joy and encourage family bonding with this donation to allow the children and families in enjoying some time together,” said Pat Smeraldo, a project coordinator.
Because the Chautauqua County Campaign serves over 3,200 children countywide, they qualified for a National Giveaway with the books designated to go to a Title 1 school in Chautauqua County.
“We are so thankful for our community and how much they support our children,” said Tina Sandstrom, JPS Chief of Schools. “Reading is so important to a child’s education and this donation of books will allow us to give children more reading materials. We can’t thank the Chautauqua County Toys for Tots Program for thinking of Jamestown kids when they received this donation.”
The school says thanks to major support from The Resource Center, along with hundreds of supporters throughout the county, the books were delivered to Jamestown elementary schools to give to children.
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