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Donation Provides Bilingual Books for Young Students

Salt Lake City School District is celebrating a donation from the Utah chapter of the American Federation of Teachers and First Book to support literacy efforts, specifically early childhood literacy, and provide more diverse and bilingual books to Early Childhood and Kindergarten classrooms. The Utah chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) was awarded $54,000 from First Books to purchase books. Salt Lake City School District was offered $34,500 of that money to support early literacy. 

“Through the generosity of the Salt Lake Education Foundation, American Federation of Teachers and First Book, hundreds of beautiful, multicultural books will become part of every Early Childhood and Kindergarten class library,” said Robyn Giovacchini, Salt Lake City School District Early Childhood Supervisor. “This donation will help children grow in their social and emotional development and literacy development.”

“We know that access to books and eBooks makes a significant difference in a child’s future success,” said Kyle Zimmer, First Book president, CEO, and cofounder. “Children do not thrive in deeply under-resourced environments, and too many of the schools and programs have far too little. This deprivation has long-term consequences for the children, their families, their communities and our nation. This could not be more urgent. First Book and AFT are investing not only in the future of the kids we’re reaching, but in the overall well-being of our nation.”

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