First Book — Greater Kingsport will give nearly 1,500 new books to two literacy programs that serve greater Kingsport’s children in need.
Books will be given to students at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, a Title I school, and to girls at Girls Inc. of Kingsport. Each child at Andrew Jackson will receive two books during the remainder of the school year while girls at Girls Inc. will receive five books each during the next six months.
The free books will enable the children to start their own home libraries they can share with their siblings and families. They will also receive a bookplate on which to place their names celebrating the importance of book ownership.
Additional literacy programs in the greater Kingsport area that have received book grants from First Book — Greater Kingsport include Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kingsport, Roosevelt Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Emmett Elementary, Kennedy Elementary, Central Heights Elementary, Fort Blackmore (Va.) Primary, Yuma (Va.) and Shoemaker (Va) elementary schools.
First Book — Greater Kingsport is part of First Book’s national network of volunteer-led advisory boards who provide new books to children in need in communities across the country. These book grants were made possible through local fundraising efforts by First Book — Greater Kingsport.
First Book — Greater Kingsport has been distributing books to programs serving children in need since 2004. For more information or to get involved with First Book — Greater Kingsport, e-mail Kingsport_tn@firstbook.org.