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Eustis Heights Elementary book drive nets top honors in the state

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For the second year in a row, Eustis Heights Elementary School is one of the top three winners in the statewide Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Literacy Service Project contest.
Principal Chad Frazier and others from the school will go to the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee on Jan. 26 for a ceremony where the awards will be presented by First Lady Ann Scott. Third prize is $250, second is $500 and first is $1,000.
 
Last year, Eustis Heights teamed up with other schools in the city and members of the community to create an alphabet book that highlights strategic points of interest in Eustis. They published the book and presented copies to local day care centers and pre-schools.
 
This year, as part of its “The Community of Eustis Stuffs the Bus” project, Eustis Heights collected thousands of new or gently used books and will distribute them in the community later this month.
 
The mission is to create a partnership between community members in Eustis and the students, teachers and administration at Eustis Heights Elementary School to participate in a collaborative project to promote literacy across the community of Eustis, to encourage civic responsibility and to instill a love of literacy in the children of Eustis.
 
So far, the drive has netted more than 4,000 books and monetary donations for purchasing books.
 
“Our students witnessed positive role models in our community working for the common good of all of our children,” Mr. Frazier 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.”
 
On Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10:00a.m. 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 books to the community of Eustis.