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Heifer International and the Alex Foundation, a nonprofit offering free academic assistance, scholarships and educational resources to disadvantaged children, partnered to distribute 5,000 books to organizations serving low income children in Arkansas and Tennessee. Volunteers in each of the schools, including Janis Kearney, author and presidential historian, read to the children before handing out books to each child.

Heifer International

"At Heifer International, we recognize the importance and necessity of literacy for all family members, especially children. We hope the kids receiving the books find their stories compelling and entertaining," said Tim Newman, Director of Education Program Development.

The title of the books donated are The Chicken and the Worm for Pre K-K grades and Winter in Songming for 3rd and 4th graders.

Wyndolyn Smith, an Alex Foundation board member said, “The Alex Foundation is delighted to be a distribution channel to help Heifer give the gift that keeps on giving. Access to free books and reading are pathways to a better and more educated world."


Allison Stephens

Allison began working for Heifer International in 2011 in Public Relations and is also a Public Affairs Officer in the Air Force Reserve. She graduated from Penn State University with a degree in communications. She is married, mother to baby "E" and proud bonus mother to a 13 year-old daughter.