Children's Books Find New Home at First State

Hundreds of children's books found a new home in the hands of local children thanks to the generosity of the Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society of key women educators. On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, members of DKG presented First State First State Community Action Agency with over 230 new and gently used books for the afterschool programs. The books, which come in English and Spanish languages, will be available to the children in several of First State's community-based afterschool programs. "This falls right in line with our literacy initiatives of cultivating today's readers into tomorrow's leaders," said Dr. Sandi Hagans-Morris, Director of Education, Training and Special Services at First State. "These books will engage our children in reading and help foster their creativity and learning." Bernice Edwards, Executive Director, said, "We are so grateful to the Delta Kappa Gamma for thinking of First State, and more importantly, our kids in the community. Now low-income children and parents will have these kind of educational resources right at their fingertips." Joining the staff of First State were seven of the agency's afterschool youth who expressed their joy in receiving the books. Each child was able to take home a book of their choice. Adaiany Perez Chilel from Georgetown smiles brightly as she picks up a small book entitled Corduroy by Don Freeman. "Thank you for giving us these books,"'she said. I can't wait to get home and read it!" Adainy Perez Chilel from Georgetown.

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