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Maple Avenue fifth-graders donate to Tricia’s Troops

As part of its “Buck a Book” program, Christina Garley’s fifth-grade classroom at Maple Avenue Elementary donated $50 to Tricia’s Troops. Since the 2006-07 school year when students began participating in the Buck a Book program, Garley’s classes have donated a total of $650 to various organizations. The reading incentive program encourages students to read on their own time and raise money for a cause they deem important. Parent feedback regarding the program indicates that it has been successful in motivating students to read.

For each book students complete and record in their reading log, they bring in $1 or whatever they can from home. Once $50 is collected, the class decides where to donate the money. The class chose to donate to Tricia’s Troops because its founder was an inspiration to one of their classmates. Tricia’s Troops is a non-profit cancer support organization. For more information on Tricia’s Troops visit

Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave. in Sussex.