CHICAGO (CBS) — Local children will get a chance to bring home some new books thanks to a giveaway program on Saturday.
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity For Women will donate 25,000 books to “local schools, after-school and community programs” that serve low-income families.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup Continues
“We couldn’t be more pleased to bring free books to children, families and deserving organizations focused on improving literacy,” says Briana Davis, co-chair of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity Day of Service event.
“We know that in 2012, the City of Chicago reported 79 percent of eighth-graders did not read at grade level. By providing 25,000 free books, we hope to make an impact on improving basic literacy rates throughout the Chicago area.”READ MORE: At Least 10 Shot, 1 Killed In Weekend Violence In Chicago
The books will be distributed Saturday March 3 at the Southside YMCA of Metro Chicago.
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