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Lynn Tech students distribute 20,000 books to elementary school students

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Lynn Tech students had nearly 20,000 books to hand out during their book giveaway on Saturday.

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Chhay Nguon, 7, of Lynn reads through The Hungry Catepillar during the Lynn Tech Book Giveaway on Saturday.

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Lynn Tech freshman Ben Tartarini's job for the book giveaway was to talk to people about what types of books they liked and help them find the right match. "You gotta make people want to read," he says as he sorts through the stacks.

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The Lynn Tech SkillUSA team along with other volunteers from Tech and Lynn English put on a book giveaway at Lynn Tech on Saturday.

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Lynn Tech SkillsUSA students Amari Gaston, left, and Brian Lopez put the finishing touches on bookcases that will be given to the early childhood classes in the Lynn Tech annex.

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Emily Nguon, 4, of Lynn runs arounds the Lynn Tech cafeteria during the book giveaway.

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Peter and Caroline LaPierre brought their grandchildren, from left, Kaylee Mallett, Owen LaPierre, and Dylan LaPierre, to check out the Lynn Tech book giveaway on Saturday.

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The book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?," inspired the stepping stones to the right that were painted by Lynn Tech students and will be given to the early childhood classes in the Lynn Tech annex.

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Lynn Tech juniors Ashby Murphy, left, and Antonio Gil Jr. volunteer at the Lynn Tech book giveaway.

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Kelvin Teixeira, 4, of Lynn, checks out some of the books at the Lyn Tech Book giveaway.

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Emily Ann Iodice, a freshman at Lynn Tech, paints bookshelves which will be given to the classes in the early childhood section of the Lynn Tech Annex.

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Jeremy Krische, 1, of Lynn flips through a Finding Dory read-along book as his mother carries him around the book giveaway at Lynn Tech on Saturday.

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Lynn Tech student Jahnyah Spencer turns Fioré Davis, 3, of Cambridge into Wonder Woman during the book giveaway at Lynn Tech on Saturday.

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Jorge and Adrian Krische of Lynn pick out some of their favorite books at the Lynn Tech book giveaway on Saturday.

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Students from the SkillsUSA program at Lynn Tech High School donated more than 20,000 books to elementary school students across the city on Saturday.

In an effort to promote literacy in Lynn, the high schoolers reached out to the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts, their Local Teachers’ Union, and Local 1037, according to a press release from the high school. Together, the students and the organizations raised more than $10,000 to buy the books.

The books were purchased through First Book, a national organization that provides equal access to help educators and groups from schools get books at little to no cost. At the giveaway, the city’s young students were allowed to choose five books each.

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