RIVERDALE, Ga. (CBS46) – CBS46 personalities greeted students as they showed up for a surprise in the West Clayton Elementary School gymnasium — a backpack full of books for each student.
“A lot of our kids have limited resources,” said first-grade teacher Arielle Burden, “so being able to receive these books is a great opportunity to open their minds to a different world, which they are capable of. to read for fun.”
Director Dr Edward Williams says these are titles kids will love want to read.
“Instead of just focusing on a science book or a math book, they can read things that are relevant to them, which helps them with their learning,” Williams said.
“The importance of reading at home is that it increases vocabulary,” said assistant principal Zakiyya Whittle. “It increases reading comprehension. However, it opens your mind and it gives you an imagination.
At this CBS46 Cares Books to Kids event, children received more than 2,300 books – 5 per child, thanks to corporate sponsors – just days away from the end of the school year.
“It’s a wonderful time of year, summer,” said media expert Jemeka Smoak. “Our scholars are getting ready to go out. This will be a great way for them to add to some of their personal collections at home.
Corporate sponsors include Two Men and a Truck, Page Turners Make Great Learners, Georgia State University and the Georgia Department of Education.
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