Forty-two shining young faces greeted employees from Thomas Steel Strip Corporation, a member of the Tata Steel Group of Companies, last week at Willard K-8 in Warren, Ohio. The employees and students gathered together to celebrate literacy and announce a gift of 10,000 new books to the state of Ohio made possible by Tata Steel and Tata Sons North America. Through its partnership with First Book, Tata Sons was also pleased to announce that it has recently surpassed 100,000 books donated to children nationwide.
Over a dozen volunteers from the Thomas Steel Strip Corp participated along with Mayor Michael J. O’Brien, representatives from Tata Sons, USW Local Union 3523, and Warren City School District. Volunteers participated in reading circles and activities with first and second grade students from Willard’s reading intervention program through which they receive additional support to improve their reading skills. To conclude the event, volunteers presented each first and second grader with two books to start their own library – a perfect gift to support the ongoing reading intervention efforts.
“Thomas Steel Strip Corp has been proud resident of Warren since the 1920s,” said William Boyd, General Manager of the Thomas Steel Strip Corp. “The Tata Steel Group of Companies and Tata Sons’ partnership with First Book along with today’s event emphasize the importance placed on giving back to the communities of which we are a part, and highlights our commitment to education by furthering children’s literacy in Ohio.”
“First Book would like to congratulate the Thomas Steel Strip Corp and the Tata Steel Group of Companies for its donation to the state of Ohio, and Tata Sons for reaching a milestone of 100,000 books to children nationwide” said Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Book. “We are pleased to partner with the Tata Steel Group of Companies in its support of children’s literacy throughout Ohio, and First Book’s greater mission of providing new books to children across the United States.”