Two San Francisco elementary schools will celebrate the arrival of 6,000 new books next week, including bilingual titles, as part of a donation from tech company Wipro and nonprofit social enterprise First Book.
Bryant Elementary, in San Francisco’s historic Mission District, and John Yehall Chin Elementary, will each receive 3,000 books—enough to create 10 individual classroom libraries at both schools—plus 300 Spanish / English bilingual titles for Bryant’s main library.
Bryant will host Todd Parr, a local children’s author, local dignitaries and representatives from Wipro and First Book to mark the books’ delivery.
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Wipro’s donation is part of a $1.5 million initiative by SFUSD (San Francisco Unified School District) and First Book to provide every K-5 classroom in San Francisco with a new classroom library.
Book ownership and a print-rich environment are leading indicators of a child’s educational success, but for the 32 million children growing up in low-income families in the U.S. alone, books are scarce.
Studies have found that in low-income neighborhoods there is only one book for every 300 children; whereas in moderate income neighborhoods, there are 13 books for every one child.
“Wipro and its employees have gone above and beyond to help bring First Book’s resources into the communities where they work and live,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book.
First Book says it has distributed more than 150 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.