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Books are growing on trees

March 12, 2003

Albany - Where do you like to read? Some might say outside, sitting under a tree. A new tree at a South Georgia Elementary School is expected to grow the interest of picking up a book to read.

The freshly planted tree at Turner Elementary School has a very specific job. Student, Zykelia Lee, says, "If I want to come out and read, I can sit in front of tree and read." A "Reading Tree" is planted to make reading grow. Lee laughs and says, "It's fun to read."

It will also be up to the students to make their little tree grow. Student, Emanuel Byrd, explains, "You got to take care of it, put water in it and make sure you have the right amount of dirt and water."

The reading tree also grows free books. Program Coordinator, Barbara Logan, says, "We are able to give free books to the children, books they can take home." Logan works for a non-profit organization called "Communities in School". She explains, "Our mission is to keep them in school, to impact the high drop out rate that Dougherty County has."

A grant is the water that keeps the program growing. Logan says, "So, we've been kind of busy, our grant ends and renews again and keeps going. Hopefully we'll be able to get every elementary school in Albany and start all over again."

Just like the "Reading Tree", Logan needs tender loving care from students to keep the program alive.

The reading tree was donated by Mossy Oak Nursery. Turner Elementary is the sixth school in Dougherty County to get free books this year.

posted at 4:40PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com