Start SMART receives over 2,000 books

on Monday, 17 February 2014. Posted in News

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Barnes and Noble presented The School Foundation and Florence One’s School Readiness Program with over 2,000 books for the Start SMART initiative on Feb. 6 at the R.N. Beck Child Development Center. The books were donated by Barnes and Noble customers during their annual holiday book drive, said Michele Rogers, community relations manager with Barnes and Noble. The Start SMART program is designed to give parents in our community the resources they need to prepare their children for kindergarten, explained Debbie Hyler, executive director of The School Foundation. “Education doesn’t just begin when a child reaches kindergarten – it begins at birth, Hyler commented.  

“So much has got to happen between the ages of birth and three.” Over the years, The School Foundation has prided itself on supporting and contributing to FSD1’s K-12 teachers and students. With the creation of the Start SMART program, they’ve added a new goal – assisting parents in preparing their children for kindergarten. These books will be distributed to parents, along with reading tips to help them know how to read to their children. For more information about the Start Smart Initiative you may call Mrs. Hyler at 843-662-9996 or visit the website at The website offers resources to help parents chart their child's development.