By the time many of Dawn Olson's kindergarten students have reached third grade, many have moved two or three times.
The high transit rate for students at Jeannette Myhre Elementary School in Bismarck forces many students to leave their books behind.
“They don’t even have personal libraries,” Olson said.
Jeannette Myhre Elementary School was one of four Title I schools in North Dakota to receive $1,000 in new books from nonprofit First Book. Title I schools receive federal funding for low-income students.
Olson announced to her students Thursday they could take home a free new book because of the generosity of the program.
Olson explained to each student to take their time and chose a book they will want to read.
Alex Randall’s third-grade class was overjoyed by the cart filled with eight different books. “Frozen,” a student yelled as she jumped up and down with excitement.
First Book helps children in need to provide equal opportunities for quality education that uses funds from OMG Books Awards. North Dakota United applied for the project with the support of American Federation of Teachers.
The Bismarck Education Association had members deliver the books to classrooms and explain that they want students to continue reading in the summer months and can build their own library with a book they choose.
Books ranged from “A House in the Woods” by Inga Moore to “Pete Won’t Eat,” by Emily Arnold McCully.
After handing out over six boxes of books, teachers plan to hand out the remaining books in their “book walk” held on the students’ last day of school on Friday.
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