Ferst Readers have partnered with multiple members of the community this fall to help raise money to send books to local youth and help increase literacy rates.

The Polk chapter of the organization has 20 different volunteers from around the area to dress up as their favorite book characters in an effort to help raise funds for the organization’s goal of sending books to children on a monthly basis from the time they are born until they are 5.

The public is being asked to donate $5 per vote to decide who dressed the best as a character from literature.

Those who have participated include PSD Superintendent Katie Thomas, Cedartown Commissioner Matt Foster, Rockmart Mayor Sherman Ross, PCSO Chief Deputy Jonathan Blackmon, Polk Family Connection’s Rhonda Heuer, Polk Historical Society Executive Director Arleigh Johnson, plus Aimee Madden, Amanda Gravett, Adonia Smith, Jodi Hindmon, Roger Landrum, Michael Hunter, Wendy Lory, Rena Roper, Gwen Tuck, Patty Rogers, Rachael Truitt, Julie Sides, Phillip Gammage, and Mary Miller.

Check out the slideshow for the full cast of characters:

Those voting can cast as many ballots for the $5 donation as they wish. Each dollar is being used to support the annual cost of sending books to Polk County youth through Ferst Readers, which costs $42 annually.

Vote here.

Ferst Readers will be tallying up the votes and announcing a winner once it concludes on November 30, 2023.

Learn more about the mission of Ferst Readers in Polk via their Facebook page and how you can do more to help improve childhood literacy.

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