Detroit Public Schools receives 40,000 free books for students and teachers

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Public Schools will receive 40,000 free books thanks to First Book and the American Federation of Teachers.

The books will go into classrooms and also be used for DPS students to enjoy, and even start their own reading collection.

Edna Reaves, Executive Vice President for the Detroit Federation of Teachers, says these books will greatly help the students.

"Studies show that access to books affect children's behavioral, academic and emotional outcomes," Reaves said. "This is an awesome event that will provide reading opportunities for our students."

She wants all students to be able to enjoy the feeling of getting a new book.

"We remember that feeling when we were young and got a brand new book," Reaves said. "We want to give that feeling to every child in the Detroit Public Schools."

The books were donated to DPS at Wednesday morning at The Parade Company, and will be available for students and teachers on Saturday, January 25.

Detroit teachers and staff can pick up the books from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at The Parade Company warehouse. Parents can also bring their kids to pick up books from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the same place, and must bring a report card for their child.

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