December 10, 2015
More than 3,400 Milwaukee Public School (MPS) students received free books to start their own home libraries and build their reading skills thanks to My Very Own Library (MVOL), a literacy initiative dedicated to putting books into the hands of children in need.
Throughout this school year, the My Very Own Library program will distribute 34,200 books to students in 10 MPS schools. Participating students in the chosen schools have the opportunity to select 10 new children’s books over the course of three book fairs to create their own home library. The first book fair took place on December 9, with a special kickoff celebration at Kluge Elementary.
The schools selected were: Kluge; Auer Avenue School; Brown Street Academy; Hopkins Lloyd Community School; Jackson Early Childhood and Elementary School; Kagel School; Lancaster School; James Whitcomb Riley School; Townsend Street School; and Clement J. Zablocki School.
Milwaukee is one of six communities selected to take part in the MVOL program, which is supported by The Family & Friends of Anne Feeley, Scholastic Book Fairs, Milwaukee Public Schools and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. United Way and MPS have partnered to match the $250,000 grant award, dollar for dollar. The MVOL program is also part of United Way’s Readers United Initiative that works to promote year-round literacy.
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