Donation enables First Book to buy more books for children in need

vgrooms@thesunnews.comJune 21, 2013 

First Book-Horry County will be able to purchase 1,000 new books for children in need as a result of a monetary donation from the Jackson family, owners of the Jackson Companies of Myrtle Beach.

“We are so thrilled to receive this donation from the Jackson Family, which shows their caring commitment to raising the literacy bar in our county,” said Mona Prufer, chair of the local advisory board. “This will help us to fund one of the children’s programs that we had not been able to fill due to a lack of funds. There is great need in our area.”

The mission of First Book-Horry County is to increase literacy by providing new books to children from low-income households. Founded in 1999, it is the only local board in South Carolina. Through its affiliation with First Book and its partnership with children’s book publishers, First Book-Horry County is able to provide 10 books for every $25 donated.

First Book provides grants to programs and Title I schools that serve these children and also includes a literacy component: a teacher, parent or volunteer spends time reading the books with the children. Programs also pledge to give the books to the children so they can experience the joy of owning their “first books.”

First Book-Horry County recently awarded grants to Freedom Readers, Horry County First Steps, Kids Hope USA (serving Loris Elementary School) and partial grants for Homewood and Socastee elementary schools, serving 1,616 children. To date, First Book has distributed more than 55,000 books to 36 local programs.

For more information, visit First Book-Horry County on Facebook or at www.firstbook.org.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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