Monday, April 4, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550
hart@doe.in.gov

Today, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced that 40,000 books were delivered to Indiana to support the Hoosier Family of Readers and other literacy initiatives across the state.  The Hoosier Family of Readers, in collaboration with First Book, an international non-profit dedicated to providing brand new, free and low-cost books to kids from low-income families, brought 40,000 books to the state to support Indiana’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

“I am excited to announce that 40,000 free books were delivered to Indiana today to support Hoosier students,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.  “I have always said, a reader is not someone who can read, a reader is someone who does read.  However, ensuring access to books is essential to promoting literacy across our state.  Today’s announcement is an important step in providing all students with access to essential literacy resources.”

Books will be distributed to 21st Century Community Learning Centers program sites this month.  21st Century Community Learning Centers provide at-risk students with a safe environment during non-school hours and a range of high-quality services to support regular school-day academics and development, including, but not limited to: tutoring and mentoring, academic enrichment, service learning, character education, physical education and recreational activities, and dropout prevention.

Additional information about the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative can be found on the Department’s website: www.doe.in.gov/hoosierreaders.

About First Book
First Book an international nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to providing brand new, free and low-cost books to kids from low-income families. To date, First Book has distributed more than 135 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.