CAMDEN, NJ — Bookworms of all ages were out by the hundreds Monday night at Camden’s Kroc Center to celebrate national Read Across America Day.

More than 9,500 books were collected for the Salvation Army Kroc Center’s event with the help of volunteers - including Susan Salmon Fad. With the help of other community members, as well as the Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team, hundreds of young attendees choose up to a dozen books to take home during the event. 

“We love to see our youth and families enjoying books, powerful tools to connect, grow and build a love of learning,” said Staff Lead Education Manager Hillary Jones. “At The Salvation Army Kroc Center, our goal is to be a place where potential meets opportunity.  This event was just such an opportunity: to distribute thousands of kids’ books while building community at all ages.”

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The national literary day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day, is an annual observance inaugurated by the National Education Association.

Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat were also in attendance at the Kroc Center to aid in games and crafts. 

“It was wonderful seeing hundreds of Camden students and their families selecting armfuls of books to take home,” said Fad, event chair and a Collingswood resident.

“This was the culminating goal of my Kids Helping Kids service project, for kids in suburban districts sharing their books with Camden kids to build their home libraries and foster a love of reading,” she added.

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