Thanks to PPL employees and the PPL Foundation, more than 6,000 students in grades K-3 will experience the joys of summer reading and reap the benefits of avoiding the “summer slide.”

Nearly 26,000 new or gently used books were donated by employees and the PPL Foundation in the second annual Cover to Cover reading program. Books have been delivered to 15 schools throughout our 29-county service area.  Each student was able to select four books to keep and read over the summer. In addition, books will be delivered to children attending summer learning programs in Harrisburg and Lancaster.

“The students and schools are extremely appreciative of the books. Their excitement is priceless,” said Lissette Santana, senior manager-Corporate Relations. “We are proud to put books into the hands of these students.”

Cover to Cover helps children who would otherwise miss out on reading and learning opportunities in the summer. Not reading over the summer can cause these youngsters to fall behind as much as two grade levels by the fifth grade.

Our partners this year include United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Cops ‘n’ Kids of the Lehigh Valley, WVIA and Barnes and Noble.

We give special thanks to employee volunteers and students from Allentown’s Dieruff High School who added book plates to each book. A reading log was sent home with each child, encouraging them to read their books and, in turn, receive a special PPL bookmark at the beginning of the next school year.