H-E-B Awards Black Elementary as Regional Book Drive Winner

December 4, 2015

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Principal Melissa LeDoux celebrates as Christa Aldrich, H-E-B literacy program manager, announces that Black Elementary School is the Houston region winner of the Read 3 book drive during an assembly at the school on Dec. 3. The school won $1,000 to go toward any campus literacy initiative.

Dec. 4, 2015—Representatives from the H-E-B corporate office and Grant Market store made a surprise visit to Black Elementary School on Dec. 3 to announce that the school was the Houston region winner in the grocery chain’s Read 3 book drive held in September.

Read 3, which provides free new and gently used books to early childhood readers in need, gathers the materials through book donation efforts at school campuses. Black Elementary students donated 5,616 books—enough to fill 11 grocery carts—during the two-week collection period in September to earn the regional honor.

H-E-B representatives including store mascot H-E-Buddy made the surprise announcement that the school won $1,000 to go toward any campus literacy initiative.

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Black Elementary School students (L-R) Evyn Slagle, Jenna Weist, Sofia Nygren and Ethan Shoemaker celebrate Jennifer Adams’ third-grade class being the top contributor to the H-E-B Read 3 book drive with 591 books donated to children in need.

“This shows that there is a sense in the school where the children have been taught that giving back to your community is important,” said Christa Aldrich, H-E-B literacy program manager. “The parents and staff have placed a high importance on that, and now these children are able to give back to other children who don’t have the resources for reading materials at home.”

Aldrich said that H-E-B collected approximately 50,000 books in the 2015 contest, and has donated nearly 3 million books to children in need since launching the Read 3 program in 2011.

Black Elementary Principal Melissa LeDoux, who anticipates using the prize money for a family reading night in the spring, said she was thrilled to hear the winning announcement.

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H-E-B mascot H-E-Buddy joins Black Elementary School students in celebrating their winning Read 3 effort in the school gymnasium on Dec. 3.

“I was blown away because I didn’t know it was happening,” she said. “I could tell the students were excited about their efforts, knowing they did something good for somebody else and then they got recognized for it. It was nice.”

Jennifer Adams’ third-grade class was the top donating homeroom with 591 books, followed by Mackenzie Link’s kindergarten class with 530 books and Linda Christensen’s fifth-grade class with 372.

“I am very proud of our students for demonstrating their compassion through giving books to the H-E-B Read 3 book drive challenge so other children in our state will also have the opportunity to have books,” said Minet Cortez, Black Elementary counselor. “We are very excited that Black Elementary won the $1,000 prize for our region and look forward to celebrating with a literacy night for all our students.”

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Black Elementary School Principal Melissa Ledoux reacts to the surprise announcement that her school had won the H-E-B Read 3 book drive on Dec. 3.

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Black Elementary School and H-E-B representatives celebrate the school’s regional victory in the Read 3 book drive. Pictured (L-R) are H-E-Buddy, company mascot; Ashley Smith, H-E-B area community coordinator; Melissa LeDoux, Black Elementary principal; Minet Cortez, Black Elementary counselor; Maggie Hayes, Black Elementary counselor paraeducator; and Christa Aldrich, H-E-B literacy program manager. 

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Principal Melissa LeDoux celebrates as Christa Aldrich, H-E-B literacy program manager, announces that Black Elementary School is the Houston region winner of the Read 3 book drive during an assembly at the school on Dec. 3. The school won $1,000 to go toward any campus literacy initiative.

Dec. 4, 2015—Representatives from the H-E-B corporate office and Grant Market store made a surprise visit to Black Elementary School on Dec. 3 to announce that the school was the Houston region winner in the grocery chain’s Read 3 book drive held in September.

Read 3, which provides free new and gently used books to early childhood readers in need, gathers the materials through book donation efforts at school campuses. Black Elementary students donated 5,616 books—enough to fill 11 grocery carts—during the two-week collection period in September to earn the regional honor.

H-E-B representatives including store mascot H-E-Buddy made the surprise announcement that the school won $1,000 to go toward any campus literacy initiative.

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Black Elementary School students (L-R) Evyn Slagle, Jenna Weist, Sofia Nygren and Ethan Shoemaker celebrate Jennifer Adams’ third-grade class being the top contributor to the H-E-B Read 3 book drive with 591 books donated to children in need.

“This shows that there is a sense in the school where the children have been taught that giving back to your community is important,” said Christa Aldrich, H-E-B literacy program manager. “The parents and staff have placed a high importance on that, and now these children are able to give back to other children who don’t have the resources for reading materials at home.”

Aldrich said that H-E-B collected approximately 50,000 books in the 2015 contest, and has donated nearly 3 million books to children in need since launching the Read 3 program in 2011.

Black Elementary Principal Melissa LeDoux, who anticipates using the prize money for a family reading night in the spring, said she was thrilled to hear the winning announcement.

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H-E-B mascot H-E-Buddy joins Black Elementary School students in celebrating their winning Read 3 effort in the school gymnasium on Dec. 3.

“I was blown away because I didn’t know it was happening,” she said. “I could tell the students were excited about their efforts, knowing they did something good for somebody else and then they got recognized for it. It was nice.”

Jennifer Adams’ third-grade class was the top donating homeroom with 591 books, followed by Mackenzie Link’s kindergarten class with 530 books and Linda Christensen’s fifth-grade class with 372.

“I am very proud of our students for demonstrating their compassion through giving books to the H-E-B Read 3 book drive challenge so other children in our state will also have the opportunity to have books,” said Minet Cortez, Black Elementary counselor. “We are very excited that Black Elementary won the $1,000 prize for our region and look forward to celebrating with a literacy night for all our students.”

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Black Elementary School Principal Melissa Ledoux reacts to the surprise announcement that her school had won the H-E-B Read 3 book drive on Dec. 3.

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Black Elementary School and H-E-B representatives celebrate the school’s regional victory in the Read 3 book drive. Pictured (L-R) are H-E-Buddy, company mascot; Ashley Smith, H-E-B area community coordinator; Melissa LeDoux, Black Elementary principal; Minet Cortez, Black Elementary counselor; Maggie Hayes, Black Elementary counselor paraeducator; and Christa Aldrich, H-E-B literacy program manager. 

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