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ABC 27 teams up with Riley Elementary School for annual book fundraising campaign

Giving books to local kids in need
Posted at 7:25 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 07:28:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WTXL) — ABC 27 is helping books get into the homes of students in Tallahassee but we need your help to make it happen.

Reading opens up a whole new world for a children. One where they can learn, dream and explore.

Literacy is also critical to academic and professional success in their later years.

Sadly, not all kids have access to books.

That's why ABC 27 is partnering with John J. Riley Elementary School for our "If you Give a Child a Book Campaign."

This is the second year ABC 27 and Riley Elementary have collaborated on the fundraiser and last year was a huge success.

Through money raised by ABC 27 employees there was enough money to give each student two books to keep and take home.

Principal April Knight says for many students these are the first books they've ever owned and
the only ones in their home.

She says one of the many things the children get from the book campaign is a sense of ownership and the kids love the adventures reading takes them on.

For them to be able to read about Eskimos - pick up something that is adventurous is very powerful
because then that creates that love for reading and then life-long learning through books," said April Knight, Principal at Riley Elementary School.

"I love to read because it gives you more knowledge, you learn more things and it teaches you things that you never know," said Antiniyah Johnson, 5th Grade Student at Riley Elementary

ABC 27 wants to help those students grow their home book collections, but we need your help!

We're asking you to donate to our if you give a child a book childhood literacy campaign.

Money raised will help keep new books in the homes of Riley students. Today and tomorrow we're matching donations up to $5,000.

Donating is easy, just click here.

Every dollar you donate will go towards providing books for the 500 students who attend Riley Elementary!