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Tots Lots preschool helps needy children get books

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Students from Tots Lots Preschool are joining Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli Manning and Scholastic Book Clubs to help donate one million books to disadvantaged children.

This fall, students at Tots Lots preschools pledged to read 100 books as part of Scholastic Book Clubs' ClassroomsCare program. The philanthropy-based literacy campaign is designed to teach children about the joys and importance of reading and giving.

"Classes around the country are reading 1,100 books each. When they meet that goal, the Mannings, Scholastic and our charity partners will put one million books into the hands of the neediest children," said Judy Newman, president of Scholastic Book Clubs.

To participate, classrooms join either "Team Peyton" or "Team Eli" and keep track of their progress using an oversize ClassroomCare Poster. A companion Web site lets classes share and compare their achievements with other participating classrooms around the nation.

The Web site also provides activities, motivational videos featuring the Mannings, e-cards, a sweepstakes and details on ClassroomsCare's charity partners.

"Scholastic Book Clubs' ClassroomsCare lets both students and teachers demonstrate our spirit of service and sharing while also instilling a passion for reading," said Angela Henning, director and teacher of Tots Lots Preschool in Tell City.

Charity partners include Reach Out and Read, Save the Children, Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Peyton Manning's Peyback Foundation, Mercy Health Partners and the Eli and Abby Manning Birthing Center.

Since its launch in 2001, Scholastic Book Clubs' ClassroomsCare initiative has enriched the lives of more than 36 million children nationwide. More than 27,114,000 students from more than 1,084,500 classrooms have participated in Classroom-Care activities, resulting in the donation of more than nine million books to children in need.