The Sandhills Panera Bread in Columbia at 631 Promenade Place will host its first-ever “Stuff-The-Truck” book drive Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to support the Richland Two (R2) School District’s Ready to Read initiative.
The program is requesting new or gently used books for pre-K to 2nd grade reading levels, and all book donors will receive a Panera Bread coupon for $3 off the purchase of a You-Pick-Two®.
The “Stuff-The-Truck” event, hosted in partnership with Books-A-Million, will be the culmination of a month- long campaign for book donations at the nearby Books-A-Million location. All donations collected within the last month will be used to help fill the truck on the day of the event.
Covelli Enterprises, the local franchisee of Panera Bread, will be donating $1,000 to purchase books for the program. A formal check presentation by Panera Bread representatives will occur at the event at 12 p.m.
Author Johnny Bloodworth will also be onsite for a book signing of his new novel Gift, and all proceeds will benefit the Ready to Read campaign.
R2’s Ready to Read initiative was established to expose young children to books and help them build a personal library to enjoy reading at home, especially during summer months.