SEDL Provides Summer Reading in Book Drive for Norman Elementary School

June 3, 2009
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

Students at Norman Elementary School now have books to take home and read during their summer vacation, thanks to a book drive held by SEDL, an education nonprofit in Austin. As part of their community outreach, SEDL staff adopted Norman Elementary School at the beginning of the school year to support the teachers and students. Assisted by Norman Elementary assistant principal Jennifer Pace, employees delivered boxes of books to the school on May 29 and visited with teachers and students.

Students from prekindergarten to fifth grade excitedly received their books and responded by giving the SEDL employees a handmade sign and thank you notes to show their appreciation. One student wrote, “Thank you for giving me books to read this summer. I love to read. I will share them with my brothers.”

The school book drive reflects SEDL’s focus on improving education for all students. “Donating a book for every student to read over the summer was a natural way for us to support the school,” said SEDL volunteer organizer and program associate Sylvia Segura Pirtle.

book drive picture

Pictured left to right are SEDL employees Vicki Dimock, Nancy Reynolds, Dale Lewis, Sylvia Segura Pirtle, Ed Tobia, Norman Elementary School assistant principal Jennifer Pace, and SEDL employee Jackie Burniske

About SEDL

SEDL (formerly Southwest Educational Development Laboratory) is a nonprofit corporation based in Austin, Texas. SEDL is dedicated to solving significant education problems and improving teaching and learning through research, research-based resources, and professional development. For more information about SEDL, visit