Carowinds donates fountain money to York County group to buy children’s books

dworthington@heraldonline.comDecember 19, 2013 

Quarters, dimes, nickels – and mostly pennies – tossed into the fountain at the north gate of Carowinds amusement park will lead to thousands of books to help children read.

Before a crowd of children, Snoopy presented Teresa Creech, executive director of the Early Learning Partnership of York County, with a check for $1,226 Thursday at the Rock Hill Family Resource Center.

The children were from the family literacy group of the ParentSmart families program, which works with Early Learning Partnership to increase childhood literacy.

“Our goal is to get children ready to read,” Creech said.

Each year, the amusement park collects money in the fountain and donates it to a nonprofit organization that focuses on children, said spokeswoman Julie Whitted.

The park alternates the groups it selects, one year picking an organization from North Carolina and the next year one from South Carolina.

Creech said the donation should help the learning partnership purchase about 2,000 books.

Don Worthington •  803-329-4066

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