JOIN ILLINOIS LOTTERY IN RAISING A HAND FOR EDUCATION
Annual Volunteerism Program Brings Book Fairs to Illinois Public Schools
The Illinois Lottery’s annual volunteerism program RAISE A HAND ILLINOIS, in joint partnership with iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Radio Chicago, now in its second year, is continuing its mission of empowering schools by providing books to children in public schools across the state. As schools statewide are struggling with tightening budgets, Illinois Lottery is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair at ten public schools where nearly 4,000 students will be given a coupon valued at five dollars to select a book.
To commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and his commitment to public service, RAISE A HAND ILLINOIS will launch with an Extreme Library Makeover at the Morton School of Excellence ““ Saturday, January 15 and Monday, January 17. The events will feature Chicago’s own radio personalities, 107.5 WGCI’s Tony Sculfield and V103’s Ramonski Luv. Additionally, Scholastic Book Fairs will donate a book to each child in the school for his or her school and home libraries.
Illinois Lottery’s RAISE A HAND ILLINOIS Book Fairs will be hosted with the aid of volunteers in Chicago, Springfield, East St. Louis and Rockford throughout the month of February. Volunteers in each market can register at www.RaiseAHandIllinois.com and select a school in their local community.
“Through the RAISE A HAND ILLINOIS Book Fairs, volunteers will make a substantial difference in the lives of the students, some of whom have no other opportunity to own their own books. Books have a remarkable power of opening doors to other worlds and sparking creativity,” stated Illinois Lottery Acting Superintendent, Jodie Winnett.
Volunteers will receive a limited edition RAISE A HAND ILLINOIS shirt and qualify to win great prizes in return for their generosity. For additional information on the RAISE A HAND ILLINOIS volunteer program, please visit www.RaiseAHandIllinois.com.