I am so excited to announce a partnership between WDEA and First National Bank and hopefully you to try and provide a brand new book for 1st and 2nd graders in Hancock County as they enter school this September.

The idea of this came from a post from Nicole Parady, a 1st grade teacher at Ellsworth Elementary School. This was her post on Thursday, August 9th.

It would be outstanding for my students to start the year off with a love to read and a smile on their face! Can you help? Here’s the deal....

Can you sponsor one of my first grade students with a brand new book for the first day of school? The idea is to teach students about random acts of kindness and to start their school year off with a special surprise that opens the pathway to reading!

On September 4th, I will have a new group of firsties coming through my classroom door. The 1st day can be overwhelming for students and a kind and caring note would make the world of difference.

I would love to have some of my Facebook friends pick a number (1-20) and sponsor one of my students. While I do not have an exact number of students as of yet, 20 is an approximate number that should cover all students.

I would LOVE if they would be able to walk to their desk on the first day of school, open a book, and see an uplifting and encouraging note from someone sending them well wishes, affirmations, and positive vibes. I hope it will always be a reminder that they are important and special.

After talking with Nicole, I realized that she was all set and she suggested that we reach out and see if there were other teachers that could use books like this. So knowing the great partnership we have with First National Bank, I spoke with them and wanted to know if they would help us and serve as drop off for books. They instantly said yes!

So, beginning Monday, August 13th, there will be boxes at the First National Bank branches in Bar Harbor, Ellsworth, Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Blue Hill. We will be accepting new books August 13th through August 31st. We will then distribute these books to local elementary schools.

Knowing the generosity of the community, we are asking that you drop off books for 1st and 2nd graders. Please make them age appropriate. Not sure what a good book is? Check out this list 100 Books For 1st Graders. 40 Great Books for 2nd Graders