Schools raise money for Rutherford Books from Birth

The books program is intended to increase child literacy and parent involvement in the county, which falls in line with the goals for the school district. So for the past two years, Director of Schools Harry Gill Jr. has worked with the organization to hold fundraisers at each school during the spring. 

"The Books from Birth program is worthwhile because its mission has a direct impact on the goals we have as a school district," Gill said.

As an incentive, the organization awards cash prizes for two participating schools through a drawing. For 2012, Central Magnet School won the first place prize of $2,500 and Stewarts Creek Middle School won the second place prize of $1,000.  

Rutherford Books from Birth made a presentation to the Board of Education on June 13 in appreciation for the district’s efforts to support the organization. On behalf of the organization, Hunter McFarlin presented a commemorative book to out-going Director Gill Jr. for his support of Books from Birth during his tenure. Central Magnet Principal John Ash and Stewarts Creek Middle School principal Larry Creasy were each presented with a check from Books from Birth for winning the drawing. 

For more information about the Rutherford County Books from Birth program, go to