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Book club donates cash to school reading program

Posted on May 20, 2022

Updated on May 22, 2022

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Pictured is the Virginia Dare Book Club in Bailey. From left to right are Eileen Wotschak; Jane S. Finch; Ramona Tuck, Secretary; Jayne Barnes; Natalie Shearin, Bailey Elementary School media specialist; Betty Lou Lamm; Cathy Page; Ellen Jones Gray, president; Brenda Bissette Dew,  vice president; Barbara B. Lewis; Jo Folsom Glover, treasurer; Joyce J. Brantley; Margaret Boykin Bailey; Sandra H. Boykin; and Marcia Aycock.

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Pictured is the Virginia Dare Book Club in Bailey. From left to right are Eileen Wotschak; Jane S. Finch; Ramona Tuck, Secretary; Jayne Barnes; Natalie Shearin, Bailey Elementary School media specialist; Betty Lou Lamm; Cathy Page; Ellen Jones Gray, president; Brenda Bissette Dew, vice president; Barbara B. Lewis; Jo Folsom Glover, treasurer; Joyce J. Brantley; Margaret Boykin Bailey; Sandra H. Boykin; and Marcia Aycock.

BAILEY — The Virginia Dare Book Club presented a gift of cash on May 16 to the Bailey Elementary School Reading Program. 

Ellen Jones Gray, president, on behalf of the book club presented a check to Natalie Shearin, media specialist at the school, in memory of book club members Beth Bissette Frazier, Penny Dew Jackson, Della Davis Sanders and Jean Brantley Stone. 

The Virginia Dare Book Club of Bailey was first organized Oct. 20, 1929, with three charter members: Swannie Farmer, Ruth Underwood and Gladys Finch.

In support of the club’s mission to encourage and inspire systematic reading and study, Gray said, “With this donation the club’s goal is to promote the love of reading and books in the community and in these young children. A child who loves to read will have adventures and gain knowledge. An adult who reads a book to a child builds a relationship that encourages learning.” 

The Virginia Dare Book Club holds spring and fall monthly meetings.

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