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First Book and Partners Respond to Hurricane Harvey

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All of us at First Book are deeply saddened to see the horrendous flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts are especially with our First Book family: the thousands of Gulf Coast-area educators we serve, their students, and

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Posted in Book Relief, Books & Reading, First Book, First Book News, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, More Than Books

How to Fundraise for Books & Resources with First Book: “Invite Local Businesses to Help”

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Securing funding is an essential step to getting the education resources you need. Local organizations and businesses can be a great source of support. They are already a part of the community, and are often looking for initiatives that benefit

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Posted in First Book, For educators, How to Use First Book Resouces, Make The Most of First Book, Opportunities for You, Tips and Resources, Using First Book

Books for Kids and Hope for a Community

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In Forsyth County, North Carolina, H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) of Winston-Salem knows there are people in the community who care about kids. H.O.P.E.’s mission is to use community-wide volunteer support to bring nutritious weekend meals to children who are

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Posted in Books & Reading, Expert Voices, Family Engagement, First Book, First Book Partners, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories, More Than Books, Stories for All

First Book President and CEO awarded EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017, Mid-Atlantic

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                    Kyle Zimmer, First Book’s president, CEO and co-founder, was awarded EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Mid-Atlantic Award for social entrepreneurship last week, in recognition of First Book’s nonprofit, market-driven,

Posted in First Book, Kyle Zimmer, Social Entrepreneurship

Announcing the First Book Needs Index

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We at First Book are proud to announce the First Book Needs Index: a new research tool that works to combine public and proprietary data in new ways in order to identify areas lacking resources and affecting kids in need. An interactive and dynamic

Posted in Books & Reading, Education and Literacy, First Book, First Book News, First Book Partners, FIrst Book Research, First Book Supporters, For educators, General, How to Use First Book Resouces, Kyle Zimmer, Make The Most of First Book, Nonprofit Technology, Social Entrepreneurship

First Book turns 25!

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First Book is celebrating 25 years of bringing books and resources to kids in need! From a simple effort that began in 1992 with a handful of books and some spare time, we have grown into a social enterprise that

Posted in Around the First Book Office, Books & Reading, First Book, First Book Events, First Book News, Guest Blog Posts, Impact Stories, Inside First Book, Inspiring Stories, Kyle Zimmer

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

Posted in Books & Reading, Family Engagement, First Book, From Educators For Educators, Impact Stories, Inspiring Stories