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NEA Surprises South Carolina Students with 500 Diverse Books

Read Across America books are delivered to classrooms at Monaview Elementary School in South Carolina
Read Across America books are delivered to classrooms at Monaview Elementary School in South Carolina, which won the fall 2021 sweepstakes. Credit: ©2021 Brian Dressler

The holidays came early to Monaview Elementary School in Greenville, South Carolina. Winner of the first ever NEA Read Across America sweepstakes, the school received 500 diverse and inclusive books from award-winning authors and illustrators for students and educators to share and enjoy all year.

“We are so excited!” says Catherine Holub-Ward, the first grade teacher who entered the sweepstakes on behalf of her school. “Monaview is such a special place, and we’re thrilled that all of our classrooms will have these books representing multiple identities and cultures.”

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