CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Hundreds of Coral Springs pre-school and elementary school students will get book packs in the mail to promote reading while students remain home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Broward County Public Schools said last week that it’s providing nearly 48,000 book packs, for a total of about 240,000 books, for children in pre-K through second grade attending Title 1 schools, which receive federal funding to help low-income students meet educational goals.

“Each of the students will receive five age- and grade level-appropriate books to read and enjoy at home,” Superintendent Robert Runcie said in a news release. “Research shows access to and interactions with physical books at home has a direct impact on reading achievement. Through these books, we hope our students will continue to grow their skills and develop a love of reading.”

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In Coral Springs, eight elementary schools are designated as Title 1 and their students will get books through the “Open the World of Possible” program: Maplewood, Ramblewood, Coral Park, Coral Springs K-8, Forest Hills, James Hunt, Parkside, and Westchester.

In addition to the set of books, students will receive a journal and family guide to share with their parents, which includes tips and strategies for supporting their child’s reading, the news release said.

Runcie and Broward County community leaders also are creating videotaped book readings that families can access online and watch at home.

The school board members unanimously approved the initiative, allowing students to receive their books in the mail starting at the end of May. Scholastic is providing the books at a discounted price.

The costs of buying the books and mailing them weren’t provided.

For more information, contact Dr. Lori Canning, executive director, Early Learning Language Acquisition, at 754-321-1953 or


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