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Books to Kids Campaign gives away thousands of books to elementary students

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

CBS46’S Books to Kids Campaign continued on Wednesday, this time in Dekalb County.

CBS46 met with hundreds of students, giving each of them five books to take home. It’s part of our commitment to boost literacy rates in the community. Since 2016, we’ve handed out almost 25 thousand books. 

“I like mysteries, scary and adventures,” said 11-year-old Jalen Irby.

Irby said Chapter Books are his favorite and he says he knows why CBS46 wants him to read more of them.

“They want us to read more to get our grades up and have a better life when we grow up,” said Irby.

Snapfinger Elementary School has an enrollment of 700 students, meaning CBS46 gave away 3500 books in total. 

CBS46 personalities were on hand to pass out the books. Students were greeted by news anchors Sharon Reed, Tracye Hutchins, Karyn Greer, Gurvir Dhindsa and Shon Gables. reporters Daniel Wilkerson and Vince Sims also surprised students. 

After each child received their books, our talent spent time reading to them. We also took questions from the students and Chief Meteorologist Paul Ossman even demonstrated what he does on the air.

This is the 8th time we’ve done our Books to Kids giveaway and on Wednesday we were joined by Dekalb County Schools Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green.

“It’s gracious that channel 46 would do such a thing,” he said.

State Superintendent Richard Woods was also there and explains how our books to kids initiative is helping to boost literacy rates in the state.

“I would probably say we in Georgia are at 60 to 70 percent as far as proficiency right now but definitely, there is room for improvement. We continue to see that. We continue to see growth across the state,"said Woods.

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