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Students as Agents of Lasting Change: The Citizen Power Project

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“The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” – Martin Luther King Jr., “The Purpose of Education”, 1947 Today is Martin Luther

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How One Book Got the 2nd Grade Hooked

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At McBee Elementary School in Austin, TX teachers are always looking for ways to help students share ideas and connect. That is especially true for librarian Heather Stephens. She sees hundreds of students from different grade levels, all with various

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Changing Communities with Books: The Citizen Power Project

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In November, First Book and its partners the American Federation of Teachers and the Albert Shanker Institute presented the Citizen Power Project; a challenge to educators nationwide to identify, plan, and implement a civic engagement project important to their students,

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NFL Alumni Charlie Brown Helps First Book, Operation Warm Make Impact in Chicago

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In October, First Book teamed up with Operation Warm and the Chicago Housing Authority to bring new books and new coats to kids living in Chicago’s public housing. The event promised to bring together organizations like First Book and individuals

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How One College Student is Making an Impact in Her Community

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When Janessa Blythe discovered through a college leadership course that kids in her Waco, Texas community didn’t have access to books, she decided to act. The junior at Baylor University is launching Waco Up & Read, a program that provides

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#ReadUP: A Non-Partisan Call-to-Action for Education and Literacy

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First Book and Pearson, the world’s learning company, are encouraging America to #ReadUP as part of their campaign dedicated to raising the importance of literacy in the week leading up to Election Day. The campaign will unlock funds for new books to

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All Roads Lead to Learning with Pathway to K

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With a waiting list of more than 400 students, Vanessa Osbourne knew she needed to offer another option for the kids who weren’t going to be able to participate in the pre-kindergarten program. “We wanted to make sure that if

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Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

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September is National Attendance Awareness Month, a time when schools and programs across the country emphasize the connection between satisfactory school attendance and academic achievement. Researchers and social scientists are always trying to figure out the secret to academic success

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The Anatomy of a Backpack

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Remember shopping for school supplies? You combed the store aisle to pick out the perfect binder. You couldn’t wait to crack open that brand new box of crayons. Getting ready for school is a lot more than checking items off

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Using the Power of Pizza to Transform Lives Through Literacy

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What could bring together teachers, community organizations and hungry friends of First Book? Answer: Pizza! First Book is proud to partner with Pizza Hut and excited to take part in their new 10-year campaign, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project. When

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