RALEIGH, NC (Feb. 10, 2000) – The Carolina Hurricanes and the Raleigh Jaycees have joined forces to sponsor a book drive that benefits local low-income housing communities. Fans are encouraged to bring a new or gently-used, pre-school through eighth grade level book to the Hurricanes’ home game against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, February 17 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
“The aim of the program is to assist the Raleigh Jaycees in their efforts to promote literacy,” commented Doris E. Barksdale who serves as Motivational Consultant/Community Relations Development for the Carolina Hurricanes. “Literacy provides the foundation that is necessary for children to continue in and further their education.”
One of the community service projects undertaken by the Raleigh Jaycees is their work with children living in low-income housing communities in the area. The Jaycees conduct Friday afternoon reading sessions with the second and third graders at the Heritage Park housing community. Also associated with this project is the Motheread/Fatheread program that encourages parents to read with their children.
Books collected from the Hurricanes partnership with the Raleigh Jaycees will be distributed and utilized within those programs. Fans can also make cash donations to members of the Raleigh Jaycees who will be working at the Entertainment and Sports Arena during the game.
For additional information concerning the book drive, contact Donna Talluto of the Raleigh Jaycees at (919) 781-2127 or Doris E. Barksdale or Ami Herrman of the Carolina Hurricanes at (919) 467-7825.