Oct 29, 2012 10:58 AM by Melissa Canone

Education leaders kick off holiday book drive benefiting young readers

LAFAYETTE, La. - School district administrators from across Acadiana will join a local PreK class and Picard Center staff at Barnes & Noble for the 2012 Holiday Book Drive Kick-Off.

The Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive is an annual program that provides customers with the opportunity to purchase a book for donation and give it to a child in the community.

Picard Center Executive Director Dr. Billy R. Stokes and area school administrators will briefly discuss the book drive and its impact, and will then officially kick off the book drive by purchasing some of the first books for the more than 3,800 4-year-old students in seven Acadiana parishes. A local PreK class will also be in attendance and will be treated to cookies, hot chocolate, and a special Barnes & Noble gift.

WHAT Holiday Book Drive Kick-Off Event

WHEN Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 · 10:00 a.m.

WHERE Barnes & Noble · 5705 Johnston Street, Lafayette

The 2012 book drive begins Thursday, November 1, 2012 and runs through Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

The Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning is the recipient organization for this year's Holiday Book Drive. The Picard Center, a research and evaluation center located on the campus of the UL Lafayette, studies early childhood education and literacy, among other research areas, and partners with numerous local school districts on prekindergarten studies and initiatives.

The books donated by Barnes & Noble customers will be received by the Picard Center and distributed to more than 3,800 4-year-old students in seven Acadiana parishes:

St. Landry
St. Martin


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