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U.S. Rep. Scott announces award for schools, libraries

By Jaya Franklin

jfranklin@henryherald.com

One United States Congressman is encouraging youngsters to learn more about their country's past.

Cong. David Scott's (D-GA) of the 13th Congressional District, annouced that his office has landed a grant to pay for a series of 17 classic books for libraries and schools in his district.

The books are a part of a fifth annual "We the People" classic bookshelf series. The books are centered around teaching young kids the history of the nation and equality.

"Literature has the ability to teach our nation's history in a way children of all ages can appreciate and understand," said Scott, in a press release.

"Created Equal encourages students to explore our nation's history, and exposes them to books that both address the concept of equality and recount the periods of our history which tested the declaration that all men are created equal," he said.

The books are for children in grades K-12. This year's theme "Created Equal" is encouraged by the 2009 bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln's birthday.

The libraries and schools that will carry the book series include, Bear Creek Middle School; Renaissance Middle School; Forest Park Branch Library; Lovejoy Branch Library; Clayton County Library System Headquarters branch; Jonesboro Branch Library; Morrow Branch Library; Palmetto Elementary School; Riverdale Branch Library; Smyrna Public Library and Liberty Point Elementary School.

The award series was presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities "We the People" program. The bookshelf awards will be included in schools and libraries in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.