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You still have time to donate a book to a Utah child

Posted at 1:43 PM, Sep 28, 2020

You still have time to donate a book, and make a difference for a Utah child.

Fox 13's "If You Give a Child a Book..." initiative is going on now.

The Ken Garff Automotive Group is sponsoring the initiative and Budah talked with Ken Garff Mercedes-Benz General Manager David Bennion about why they are involved. The gist is, there are a lot of kids who don't have access to books. So, every dollar donated will go to a great cause, and all the money stays right here in Utah. Bennion says there are still books from his childhood that he remembers to this day. He recalls loving "Old Bones the Wonder Horse" and "Where the Red Fern Grows".

A significant marker for educational success occurs when most children are only 8-9 years old. How well a child reads at the end of third grade can affect the rest of his or her education.

A child who can’t read at grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate from high school. If this same child lives in poverty, 13 times less likely to graduate. But 61% of low-income families have zero books at home.

The “If You Give a Child a Book … ” childhood literacy campaign seeks to make sure books are available to kids who need them most.

Across the country, Fox 13's parent company Scripps partners with low-income schools and local nonprofit groups that work directly with children and families to present the books through book fairs and other giveaways throughout the following year. In the program’s first four years, the campaign has donated more than 352,000 new books to children nationwide facing poverty in their communities.

Please join us in our mission to empower children in need with the literacy tools they need to be successful in school and in life by donating to our “If You Give a Child a Book … ” campaign.

To learn more or to donate, please visit: fox13now.com/giveabook.