JetBlue Pushes STEM in Volusia Classroom

Airline donates 500 books to elementary school students
Jan 11, 2016 1:30 PM ET


Five hundred books dropped from the sky Wednesday as JetBlue Airways donated a library worth of books to Turie T. Small Elementary School students in celebration of its new daily service between Daytona Beach and New York.

The airline — which will debut its nonstop flights between the two cities Thursday, with the first flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport due shortly before noon — has a tradition of supporting literacy efforts in the destinations it serves. Since 2013, the New York-based company has gifted stacks of books to schools set in markets it has entered.

The book donations give JetBlue an opportunity to get into a community and “show that caring is one of our corporate core values,” said Kayla Carpenter, corporate social responsibility analyst for the airline. “Translating that to a community is the aim of these book donations,” Carpenter said.

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