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First Book Joins Forces with the AFT to Support West Virginia Kids

CHARLESTON, Aug. 29 - A new alliance between First Book and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is bringing 2,000 new books to students at two local schools today.

"We're taking a stand with our friends at the AFT to make sure kids in West Virginia get the help they need - from all of us - to thrive and succeed," said Jane Robinson, First Book's chief financial officer, speaking today at West Side Elementary School in Charleston. "Teachers know the impact that books have. By working together with teachers, First Book will ensure that West Virginia's kids have books of their own."

West Side Elementary School and Stonewall Jackson Middle School serve children from low-income families and focus especially on involving parents and other members of the community in all aspects of the children's education and well-being.
"The leaders of these two amazing schools understand the importance of bringing the whole community together," Robinson continued. "The responsibility for making sure these kids succeed is on all of us: parents, teachers, family and neighbors. We all need to do our part."

First Book, a national nonprofit organization, works with over 400 programs and schools across West Virginia. The state has been a special focus for First Book. Since 2008, the organization has provided 300,000 books to schools and programs across the state, funded by local volunteers, the schools themselves and a $215,000 grant from the Department of Education.

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First Book has distributed more than 85 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.  By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and the elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit us online or follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.