Book Donations Pour Into Ohio County Schools

Photo Provided Wheeling Middle School was one of several schools that received new books donated through a project by Books-A-Million at The Highlands. Pictured from left are middle school students Ethan Felty, Cierayah Harrison, teacher Krista Zambito and Emaline Richter.

Ohio County Schools students are benefiting from the generosity of their neighbors through an initiative by a local business.

Books-A-Million at The Highlands held a donation drive over the summer for customers to purchase books for Ohio County Schools students. Customers selected books from a list of favorites provided by school system administrators and teachers based on their popularity with students. The books are still being delivered to the schools.

Walt Saunders, Ohio County Schools Federal Programs and Assessment director, said the school system and its students appreciate Books-A-Million for the project. He said it has provided hundreds of books for students at Middle Creek, Ritchie and Steenrod elementary schools, Wheeling, Bridge Street and Triadelphia middle schools and Warwood School.

“This is a great way to encourage our students to read,” Saunders said. “These books are current favorites and all-time classics, so there is something for all of the students in the schools that receive them.”

Wheeling Middle School received its books last Friday, and teacher Krista Zambito said she appreciates Books-A-Million for its book donation project. She said the students were excited to receive the new titles.

“They love it,” Zambito said. “All of these new books from Books-A-Million will be in our students’ hands immediately.”

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