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IFT Helps Needy Students Get Free Books
Last summer, the IFT worked with the American Federation of Teachers to establish a state partnership with First Book, a nonprofit organization, to provide free books to needy Illinois students. Since then, local unions and their members around the state have been harnessing the resources of that partnership to help kids.
In Cicero, the faces of Kamille Krupka’s first graders at Goodwin Elementary School lit up as they each received a book of their own in October, thanks to the efforts of the West Suburban Teachers Union, Local 571. By registering to earn free books via the IFT/First Book partnership, local members provided more than 4,000 new books to children at two schools.
Teachers and PSRPs in the Quincy Federation of Teachers, Local 809, also worked together to get books to kids in their community. More than 300 students in grades K-6 at Washington Elementary School received a book in November. Last month, Lake County Federation of Teachers, Local 504, members helped to earn more than 1,500 books for children at North Elementary School in North Chicago.
“Above all else, our members are committed to helping students achieve their greatest potentials,” said IFT Secretary-Treasurer Marcia Campbell (above, at a First Book event in Quincy), who spearheaded the union’s First Book partnership. “This partnership with First Book is a natural fit, and just one more way our union is putting kids first.”
To learn more about First Book and to register to get free or discounted books for your school or one in your community, visit firstbook.org.