“We believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, so all of our programs are connected to it,” president Denise McKibben says. One of the nonprofit’s major initiatives is Books From Friends. Last year, the literacy program provided books to more than 14,200 aspiring young readers in 36 schools. “The American Academy of Pediatrics says exposure to books and reading goes far in assisting children toward success in the future,” McKibben notes. “Through Books From Friends, we want to inspire kids to learn and love to read, not just read to learn.”
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