Storytelling school

Books donated to Fresno Unified as part of Magic of Storytelling

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — In an effort to spark creativity and spark the imaginations of young minds, students at Kirk Elementary in southwest Fresno were treated to new books on Friday — many of them featuring favorite characters from the world of Disney and Star Wars.

“I chose Anna and Elsa and the Secret River because I really wanted to know more,” says Brielle Wilson.

Disney has donated millions of books to First Book, a nonprofit that puts books into the hands of educators caring for children in need.

ABC30 and its parent company, Disney, along with partners First Book and EECU, are thrilled to help promote literacy by donating 5,000 books to Fresno Unified.

Kirk Elementary was one of six schools selected to receive the new books

First-graders were among the first students at Friday’s special presentation to choose two books to take home.

“When we sometimes talk about food and environmental deprivation, we’re not talking about literacy,” says director Tobaise Brookins. “The number of books in a house and the number of words children come to school with when they enter our campus are very important.”

Brookins says getting children to read at a young age is crucial for their development.

“Kinder, first, second and third, you learn to read, then after that you read to learn and that’s where we want to take our kids,” Brookins said. “A place where every student is literate when they reach 3rd grade so they can read to learn, explore and access all subjects.”

As part of the effort to spread the magic of storytelling, we also helped with the special presentation by reading to some children. Find out how you can help celebrate the magic of storytelling by visiting our website, abc30-dot-com.

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