WYNIT provides 5,000 books and volunteer staff for Greenville summer reading program

Greenville, SC – June 27, 2017 – Summer may be fun for kids, but it wreaks havoc with learning progress. To help Greenville students, WYNIT has joined the Make Summer Count program and adopted the Summit Drive Elementary School.

Make Summer Count is a reading initiative organized by Public Education Partners of Greenville County. The program provides high-need students and families with resources and opportunities to encourage reading through the summer. Summer reading is critical to educational development. Research shows that the reading proficiency, particularly for lower income students, declines in the summer. Between grades 1 and 6, it is possible a student could lose as much as a year-and-a-half of reading ability through the summer months alone.

Six WYNIT employees participated in Family Reading Night at the school last night. They joined 63 students and family members leading small reading groups and story discussions. The WYNIT volunteers, who are committing to participating received special training on leading reading groups of children earlier in June.

A total of 20 WYNIT staffers are volunteering with the program and will be working with other schools on reading nights throughout the summer.

“Reading opened up my imagination and when that happened my dreams became awesome. I hope that we ignite the imagination in these children and give them a skill which they can share and work on with their entire family,” says volunteer Adam Larson, corporate business development manager.

Additionally, WYNIT provided nearly 5,000 books – 10 books for each of the school’s 475 students – and additional books for students who attended last night’s program.
“With WYNIT’s support and volunteers, we are able to build home libraries with new books and engage families in reading activities, two efforts that combat reading loss,” notes Public Education Partners’ CEO Ansel Sanders. “WYNIT is making a real difference in the lives of so many of Greenville’s children.”

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Susan Schwartzkopf at 864.605.9920 or email to sschwartzkopf@wynit.com.

WYNIT Distribution, LLC is a leading international distributor of products from the top brands in the consumer electronics, photo, wide format printing, security and outdoor leisure and adventure industries. With headquarters in Greenville, SC, the company serves a wide range of customers ranging from large national retailers to independent resellers through dedicated business units and strategically located distribution facilities in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1987 WYNIT Distribution, LLC’s mission is to improve the competitive position of its customers and suppliers. For more information, call WYNIT at 1-800-GO-WYNIT or visit wynit.com.