Splat the Cat.

Clifford the Big Red Dog.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Summer will be a little more educational and fun for nearly 6,000 children across our service territory thanks to PPL’s Cover to Cover book initiative. Through Cover to Cover, each student in grades K-3 in 20 schools and two summer programs received four books to keep and take home to read over the summer. Nearly 29,000 new or gently used books were donated by PPL employees and the PPL Foundation.

At Cleveland Elementary School in Allentown, PPL volunteers read to students in each of the first- through third-grade classes before announcing the book giveaway. Squeals of delight and clapping erupted following the big reveal. (Shown at right: PPL Electric Utilities Regional Affairs Director Carol Obando-Derstine reads to students at Cleveland Elementary.)

“The kids were so excited. It was the highlight of my week,” said Erin Kerchner, senior executive assistant, who read to a first-grade class and helped students select their books.

“I love the Cover to Cover program because it gets our students excited about books and excited about reading. Our students love the attention and warm smiles they receive from our PPL volunteers,” said Phil Parise, community school coordinator at Cleveland. “We are very fortunate to be able to partner with PPL to give our students the resources they need to promote reading over the summer months.”

One third-grader had this to say about Cover to Cover: “My favorite part was when we got to pick out the books because when I pick out books they help me get to a higher reading level, and it helps me learn more words. The program made me happy because I love books and books make me happy.”

In Renovo, students were equally thrilled to receive books.

“The students of Renovo Elementary were so excited to select books and take them home with them,” said Tracie Witter, regional affairs director. “Some even said it was like Christmas! They couldn’t believe they were free. Being there to represent PPL and all that we stand for is a real honor.”