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Wake Up and Read


Attention, all Northwoods Elementary School: we need your new and gently used children’s books!

From January 5th – February 15th, WAKE up and Read will collect new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12.  The goal is to collect 110,000 books – enough to share at ten schools, as well as community centers and child care facilities across Wake County.   

The WAKE Up and Read campaign was launched in 2012 to address one of the most critical junctures to lifelong success, reading on grade-level by 3rd grade.  This unique community collaboration includes education, civic, philanthropic, and business leaders from across Wake County, all working together to help every child develop the necessary skills for success in school and beyond.  Sadly, many Wake County children have no books in their home and arrive for kindergarten without the knowledge and experiences they need to excel.  Our shared goal is to ensure that more children from low-income families have the tools and resources they need to become lifelong readers and learners.  Working together, we can build stronger students and a stronger community.

Northwoods Elementary School can make a difference in our community just by donating books!  Please clear your cluttered shelves of books your kids have outgrown, or bring in favorites of your own, so that we can help Wake county children grow up loving books.  

Look for the book collection bins at (the lobby and room 213-ESL) – Please help us fill them!

Even if you don’t have any children’s books to bring in, you can purchase books to support the drive at local retailers, or through the WAKE Up and Read Amazon Wish List (  

If you would like to volunteer or find out more, please contact (Elda E. McGrath at 919-460-3491).  To learn more about WAKE Up and Read, please visit, or check out Facebook.

Thank you for your help!


Thank you,

Elda E. McGrath, M.Ed.