Staff members from KFDI visited two Wichita schools Tuesday to read to students and donate around 900 books to the USD 259 Newcomer Program.
The event was held in connection with National Reading Day as part of a literacy campaign for the Scripps Howard Foundation. This is the second year for the campaign, "If You Give A Child A Book..." Scripps is the parent company of KFDI.
J.J. Hayes and Jake Bowles from the KFDI morning show visited students at Gammon Elementary, and Tiny, Bobby Knight, Christie McBride and Justin Case visited Colvin Elementary. They read books to the children and told them about more books that would be available.
KFDI donated 900 books to the Dunbar Learning Center, and they will be divided up with around 150 books going to each of the six newcomer programs in the school district. Students in the programs are from low-income families and they are new to the American culture. They are also learning English as a second language.
[ photo shows KFDI News anchor Jake Bowles reading to students at Gammon Elementary ]