“Today we are a joy machine. We were here at PS 1 giving away 11,000 pounds,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), who spoke passionately during the event of the importance of putting books in the hands of children. .
The AFT, in conjunction with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), First Book and Disney have all worked together to make this incredible event a reality to inspire the next generation of storytellers.
“One of our goals is to really create the next generation of diverse creators, thinkers and leaders and to really inspire kids to create the world they want to live in,” notes Kieran Viola, Editorial Director of Disney Hyperion. .
“The Walt Disney Company’s partnership with First Book spans 20 years and during that time we have donated millions of books and other resources to educators who care for children in need,” said she continued.
“It’s nice to see all these different books and not just English books. It’s nice to see Spanish books, Chinese books. When I walked in I had a lovely smile for the rest of the day,” said an alumnus of PS 1 Elementary School Alfred E. Smith where the event took place.
Learn more about Disney’s “Magic of Storytelling” initiative at MagicofStorytelling.com
For every book purchased on ShopDisney.com through December 31, 2022, The Walt Disney Company will donate one book to First Book.