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Education Foundation’s Tutoring Program Receives Book Grant
Education Foundation’s Tutoring Program Receives Book Grant

The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) received a donation of 14 boxes of books as part of the First Book National Book Bank of Jacksonville Grant. Totaling over 550 books, the SJCEF will distribute these books to the students enrolled in the SJCEF’s Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Program.

The Supplemental Educational Services Program provides free tutoring services in math and reading for qualified elementary and middle school students.  As a reward for the completion of the program, each child receives a grade level book and a certificate of completion.  In this instance, the books provided by the First Book Grant will be awarded to these students.

 The grant was initially for 11 boxes, but with the recent increase from 300 to potentially 700 students involved in the program, the National Book Bank increased the number of boxes given to the Foundation.

 “The National Book Bank generously gave us three extra boxes!  Everyone there was smiling and very friendly.  It is programs like theirs that help programs like ours succeed," said Brandee Anderson, the Program Coordinator for SES at the SJCEF.

First Book is a nonprofit organization that annually provides millions of new books to schools and programs that serve children in need. In order to qualify for the book grant, at least eighty percent of the students must be enrolled in a Title I school. In the case of the SES Program, one hundred percent of the students served attend these schools. 

Tutors of the SES Program are all recruited within the county.  For more information about the program or to become a tutor, contact Brandee Anderson at (904) 547-7122 or at


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