United Way’s Young Leaders Society celebrates 30,000 book giveaway

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — United Way’s Young Leaders Society celebrated a major milestone Wednesday by giving out its 30,000 book.

Kindergarten students from Lowman Hill Elementary joined Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones for a reading at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Wednesday afternoon.

For seven years the United Way has given books to kindergarten and pre-k students from lower income schools.

The program says this ensures children who may be at a higher risk for school struggles have books at home to read.

“What we’re trying to do is get little ones interested in reading. So we’re reading a story about Gus and how he’s having a bad day and how we can turn that into a positive. And we’ll allow all the kids to get a book. I think there will be thousands of books handed out to kids.”

During the current school year, the Young Leaders Society expects to distribute almost 5,000 books at 21 schools.

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