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ABC 27 hosts free book fair for local elementary students

Through money raised during the Scripps Howard Foundation’s “If You Give a Child a Book... ” campaign
Posted at 10:21 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 09:45:56-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — ABC 27 and the The Scripps Howard Foundation will host a two day Scholastic book fair for the students at Riley Elementary School in Tallahassee.

The fair is in honor of National Reading Day, starting Thursday, January 23.

As part of the station's commitment to giving back to the community, ABC 27 employees donated nearly $6,500 during its parent company's, The E.W. Scripps Company, internal fundraiser. Thanks to a matching donation by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the station raised a total of $11,874.

With that money, 600 students at Riley Elementary will receive four brand new books throughout the remainder of the school year. In all, 2,460 books will make it into the homes of Riley students.

That's not our only surprise for Riley Elementary. ABC 27, along with the help of the Scripps Howard Foundation, also donated $10,000 to the school.

Why is the gift of a new book so important?

Children who grow up in homes without books are more likely to fall behind academically.

According to the Scripps Howard Foundation, "A child who cannot read at grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate from high school." If this same child lives in poverty, he or she is 13 times less likely to graduate.

Studies show children who grow up with books in the home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who do not. The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of those children is to increase their access to books.

What is the "If You Give A Child A Book" program?

Through the Scripps Howard Foundation’s “If You Give a Child a Book...” campaign, Scripps employees donate money to buy new books for children in communities the company serves.

The "If You Give A Child A Book" program began in 2017 by the Scripps Howard Foundation, and they have distributed more than 180,000 new books to children in need across the nation on National Reading Day as part of its annual "If You Give A Child A Book" campaign.