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Eustis Heights Elementary book drive wins 3rd place in state contest


TALLAHASSEE – First Lady Ann Scott recognized Eustis Heights Elementary School today as one of the top winners of the statewide Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Service Project Contest.

“Congratulations to all of the contest winners,” she said. “It is never too early for children to start contributing to their communities, and it is evident that these students put a great deal of time and effort into their projects. I am honored to recognize them for their hard work, and I encourage them and all students in Florida to continue reading and helping others develop a deeper appreciation for literacy.”

Principal Chad Frazier, students and other school representatives traveled to the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee for a ceremony where the awards were presented. The school received $250 for placing third among elementary schools in the contest. Second place winners received $500 and first place $1,000.

As part of their “Stuff the Bus” project, the school collected about 4,000 new or gently used books. Next, the faculty and staff of Eustis Heights, district personnel and community members will load a school bus escorted by the Eustis Police and Fire departments to deliver the books in city neighborhoods on Saturday, Jan. 28. The bus will leave the school at 10 a.m. and make several stops, including one at the Eustis Elementary School bus loop and another near Century Oaks Apartments, before returning to the school at 1 p.m. See the full route here.

Mr. Frazier said the project has already been a great success, even before the book distribution this weekend. “Our students witnessed positive role models in our community working for the common good of all of our children,” he said. “In addition, they saw the importance of taking part in serving others. Our students learned the value of promoting literacy to all members of the community and an appreciation for civic responsibility.”

The full list of winners is shown below.


  • First Place: Prairie Lake Elementary School, Orange County – “Light the Path to Literacy”
  • Second Place: Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School, Glades County – “Reaching Out Across the Globe Through Literacy”
  • Third Place: Eustis Heights Elementary School, Lake County – “Stuff the Bus”



  • First Place: Central School, Santa Rosa County – “Harvesting Literacy: How Country Kids and Corn Mazes Change our World”
  • Second Place: Swift Creek Middle School, Leon County – “Literacy Changes our World: Literacy Creates Good Citizens”
  • Third Place: Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School, Brevard County – “Leaders are Readers”



  • First Place: Ft. Myers High School, Lee County – “The Ft. Myers High School Shared Reading Program”
  • Second Place: Marathon High School, Monroe County – “Literacy Night and Book Exchange”