PARKLAND, FL- As the calendar year rapidly reaches the end of January, local schools are working to normalize their operations as quickly as possible. At Somerset Parkland Academy, everything is new. From a new building to new teachers to new groups of volunteers, Parkland's newest school has been navigating the pandemic while creating everything for the first time this year.

"As a new school, it's important for us to show our community what Somerset Parkland Academy is all about. As we build a school culture of family, we want to teach our students that our family 'gives back' to our community," shares Principal Geyler Castro. 

One of the school's newest efforts is designed to support both the school and the environment. Beginning on Monday, January 25, 2021, Somerset Academy Parkland will be collecting new and gently used books to be used for resale at the school. The idea is that it gives people an opportunity to de-clutter their homes, help the environment, and support the school's reading program at the same time.

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"Reading is an essential skill for all children, and in an effort to place a book in every child's hand, Somerset Academy is providing a community book drive," shares Assistant Principal Meg Campbell. 

Books that are donated for the book drive will then be available for purchase for a small fee, which makes the fundraiser a win in every direction. Additionally, each book will be sanitized prior to distribution.

"We encourage the Parkland community to join us on this venture and donate their gently used books so that we may provide a plethora of literacy opportunities to our students and those in need. Please help our SPAmily give back!" adds Castro.

The book drive begins on January 25, 2021, and runs until February 19, 2021. Books can be dropped off at the school, sent to school with students, or even can be picked up at home. To schedule a book pick-up, please contact Jennifer Knight at 305-469-8854. 

The book resale event will be held on March 2, 2021, and the timing of the event is excellent for readers of all ages.

"March is reading in our schools month, and we can't think of a better way to promote reading than by sharing books!" adds Campbell.


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