Project Literacy Means All First-Grade Students to Receive Free Books 9/27/13
Midland, Texas - Every Midland County first-grade student will receive their own copy of a book and bookmark, thanks to a partnership between Wells Fargo Bank, Midland Reporter-Telegram and Midland Need to Read. This year’s book is “Giraffes Can’t Dance” by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees. Volunteers from the three collaborating organizations will deliver books to elementary campuses across Midland and read to students from Wednesday, September 25 - Friday, September 27.
For the fourth year, Wells Fargo stagecoach will deliver books to a Midland ISD school. The stagecoach will depart at 9:30 a.m., Friday, September 27, from the MRT, 201 E. Illinois Ave., and make its way to Crockett Elementary School, 401 E. Parker Ave., where the books will be delivered. Five Crockett students will ride in the stagecoach; they, and each first-grade teacher at Crockett, will receive a Wells Fargo plush pony. The students who ride in the stagecoach will also receive gift cards.
MRT Publisher Mike Distelhorst said, “We’re proud to be part of a community project that provides every first-grader in Midland with a book. Literacy is an essential part of who we are, and getting kids excited about reading is an important first step. Our partnerships with Wells Fargo and Midland Need to Rcad is simply the right thing to do for Midland children.”