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Scripps Howard Foundation, News 5 help provide Cleveland children with books to encourage reading, literacy

Book giveaway Cleveland
Posted at 8:58 PM, Jan 23, 2021

CLEVELAND — Saturday marks National Reading Day and here at News 5 we are proud to help encourage a love of reading among our local youth. Thanks to the Scripps Howard Foundation’s “If You Give a Child a Book…” campaign, we’ve been able to do just that.

During this campaign, Scripps local TV stations and national networks have been able to give away more than 165,000 books to kids who need them most, including here in Cleveland.

For example, each student at Louisa May Alcott Elementary School in Cleveland received four books through a drive-thru book distribution.

Reading is a fundamental tool, especially for young children whose ability to read at the end of third grade can affect the rest of their education.

A child who can't read at grade level by the third grade is four times less likely to graduate from high school—and if that child lives in poverty, he or she is 13 times less likely to graduate.

The Scripps Howard Foundation has been working to deliver books to children in need for the past four years, distributing more than 352,000 new books, thanks to donations from the foundation and employees of the E.W. Scripps Company.

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