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Wilbooks and author Bruce Larkin have sent a donation of 300 books to A.C. Glasscock Elementary School. The books, meant for classroom reading instruction, are the first delivery of the 25,000 books Larkin has pledged to donate to Kentucky schools this year.
Glasscock had previously applied for a donation from Wilbooks, and was one of five schools in Kentucky chosen to kick off the 2011 donation campaign.
“Children need to read to enjoy all of the great opportunities that our country offers. I owe my success to the excellent education I received,” Larkin said. Each year, as his business has grown, so has Larkin’s commitment to philanthropy. In 2010, he donated almost 450,000 books to schools and charities. This year, he is aiming for 500,000, starting with Kentucky schools.
Oklahoma State University’s Child Development Lab said that Wilbooks products “give kids something they feel successful reading.” The books are designed to pique the interest of kindergarten through second grade students with accessible topics and full-color photgraphs and illustrations.
A passionate literacy advocate, Larkin’s goal is to help teachers reach reluctant students so they can, as the teaching maxim says, “learn to read and read to learn.” Teachers or schools in Lebanon interested in receiving the local interest titles can use the custom donation order form in the free books section of www.wilbooks.com.