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.
"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.
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."