MT students get gift of new books

Monday, January 16, 2012

While most children unwrap new socks and plastic goodies that are soon forgotten after Christmas, the students at Marked Tree Elementary School unwrapped the gift of new books of their very own thanks to a First Book grant.

Both Kristy Hister, elementary school librarian, and Jessica Lange, sixth grade teacher, submitted a grant to First Book in the fall. While both hoped to provide at least a few new books, they never imagined how many books they would eventually receive -- over 1,600 new books to distribute throughout the elementary.

"We did our best to match students with a book that was interesting and on their level," said Lange. "Each student walked away with at least one new book."

First Book's mission is to provide access to new books for children in low-income communities. To date, First Book has distributed more than85million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.

First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.

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