WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The White Plains PTA Council gave out around 10,000 books at the Free Book Celebration.
The PTA gave away the books during the second annual event on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. The free book fair drew hundreds of students and residents from and around White Plains, according to a press release.
The group distributed about 2,000 books in about an hour on Friday, May 2, according to the release, as part of the White Plains High School mini celebration.
“All the SAT prep books disappeared in eight minutes,” said Caroline Furry, the main organizer of the event. “The students couldn't have been more appreciative.”
White Plains High School class president Cardon Furry, who is also the student representative on the PTA Book Committee, secured donations from The College Board, The Princeton Review, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, according to the release
“These book sponsors made it possible for us to offer a wider selection of books, which allowed us to effectively support our middle and high school students," Cardon Furry said.
"The larger community event, held the next day, was as much a success," representatives said.
The event drew Mayor Tom Roach, State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, State Assemblyman David Buchwald and County Legislator Ben Boykin. All of the local dignitaries "pitched in and helped" the PTA distribute the remaining 8,000 books to more than 900 people, according to the release.
“Reading is at the core of everything we do. It opens doors. It allows us to learn and plan for the future," said Paulin, who serves on the State Assembly Committee on Education. "When a community embraces reading, they demonstrate to our children how important it is to us all. The White Plains PTA Council should be applauded for their efforts.”