LANSING, Mich. — One of the greatest predictors of a child’s success is books in the home. Over 61 percent of low-income families do not have any books in their homes, and now, more than ever, children need them.
Employees at FOX 47 News (WSYM), along with the Scripps Howard Foundation, have made it their mission to get high-quality books to children in our community through the "If You Give A Child A Book" campaign.
This past summer, FOX 47 News (WSYM) did a call-out for donations from employees and the community. With those collected funds and with a matching contribution from the Scripps Howard Foundation, we are able to give 1,683 books to children in the community this year.
“I am so proud of the team at FOX 47, and our viewers, for opening up their hearts and their wallets for the children in our community,” said Gary Baxter, FOX 47 WSYM vice president and general manager. “FOX 47 team members, along with our peers at each of the E.W. Scripps TV stations around the country, continue to put tens of thousands of new, age-appropriate books into the hands of kids throughout Mid-Michigan and the United States.”
The nationwide campaign resulted in more than 165,000 books that will be distributed, which will generate about 30,960,000 reading minutes.
If you'd like to give toward next year's donation drive, click the link below. We appreciate the community's support in this effort!
CLICK HERE TO DONATE ($5 = 1 Book)
Together, we can make a difference in our community. #GiveAChildABook