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Scripps Howard Foundation and News 5 donate 500,000th book to Wade Park Elementary

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Posted at 3:07 PM, May 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-10 17:39:04-04

CLEVELAND — The Scripps Howard Foundation and News 5 Cleveland donated the 500,000th book from the “If You Give a Child a Book” campaign to Wade Park Elementary on Monday.

News 5 anchor Danita Harris presented the principal of Wade Park Elementary with a signed book to mark the occasion and gave students in attendance an inspirational talk on the importance of reading.

Bryson Hardmon was among the students who received books on Monday. His new collection will help him further his reading goal.

"My summer reading for last year was about 200 books, and I finished that goal, so this time I think I’m going to make it like 300,” said Hardmon.

In the program’s first four years, the Scripps Howard Foundation and employees of the E.W. Scripps Company, including News 5 Cleveland, donated more than 352,000 new books to children facing poverty in their communities. Each station selects low-income schools and nonprofits to distribute the books.

To learn more about the campaign or to donate, click here.

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