APS Elementary Students Receive New Books Just in Time for the Holidays


By: Alicia Sands Lurry

The holidays just got a lot brighter for every Atlanta Public Schools student in grades K-5, thanks to Operation Christmas Smile 2016, an initiative that provides children with a new book before heading home for the winter break.

On Tuesday, Passion City delivered 558 books to students at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School. A total of 32,000 books were delivered to schools across the district this week.

“Our church’s motto is ‘For God, for people, for the city, for the world,” said Kate Allen, a Passion City Church member. “We want to be the light in Atlanta and an influence in the world, and this is a great opportunity to share with children and give them a book of their own to take home just in time for holiday.”


Principal Margul Woolfolk said the book donations will have a lasting impact.

“This is such a great way to make reading fun,” Woolfolk said. “These books will make students stronger readers and increase their reading levels. It’s wonderful.”

Second grader Alicia Evans agreed.

“It’s awesome because you can learn to read, and it’s fun to read.”

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