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Cumberland County Library Receives Summertime Kids Grant

Aug 02, 2019

The Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. for the Summertime Kids project to provide books and book bags to children attending summer camps throughout the County.


The Summertime Kids project is an enrichment program that reaches underserved populations by providing books and book bags to children to promote literacy throughout every stage of their lives. The grant money provided funding for two books and a bag for each child participating in Summertime Kids. Library staff visited 14 camps at 18 different locations and gave away 1,158 bags with books during June, July and August.


Sites visited by library staff included the Autism Society of Cumberland County, Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Clark Park Nature Center, Communities United for Youth Development, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Youth Summer Camp, Ellington White CDC, Fayetteville State University STEM camp, Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, St. Ann Neighborhood Youth Center, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Inc., Moore Street Foundation and the Salvation Army.


These enrichment programs offer children preschool age through high school the opportunities to socialize and interact with peers and develop new skills.


“This is such a wonderful grant for these kids and the books that were available for the campers to choose from were wonderful,” said Joe Kabbes, camp director of Fayetteville State University’s STEM Summer Camp.


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