JetBlue and Random House Children's Books are giving the Dundee Township Public Library in in East Dundee, Ill., $10,000 in books through its “Soar with Reading” nationwide contest in which readers nominated their local libraries.
Those that nominated a library were also entered to win a family vacation to Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in Nassau, Bahamas from JetBlue Getaways. More than 115,000 entries were received through the sweepstakes portion of the program, representing libraries in all 50 states.
“Soar with Reading” is a joint project launched this summer by JetBlue and PBS KIDS. The program aims to keep children reading throughout the summer, harnessing a combination of in-flight and online literacy resources, community reading events and a partnership with First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need. For every reader who registered on SoarwithReading.com this summer, JetBlue made a book donation to a child through First Book, totaling 10,000 books.
Through the sweepstakes portion of the program, more than 115,000 entries were received representing libraries in all 50 states.
Besides the grand prize winner, a second library received $2,500 in books and five additional libraries received $500 in books.--Tanya Irwin