First Book provides local students with free books

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Students at Breakfast Point Academy in Panama City Beach received a very special gift Monday.

Students at Breakfast Point Academy each received a book to call their own. (WJHG/WECP)

The Florida Education Association partnered with the non-profit First Book to give a book to each student at Breakfast Point Academy. The students chose a book from piles labeled for each grade level.

President of the Association of Bay County Educators Alexis Underwood said doing this is important because it allows kids to have a book to keep when they might not be able to have one of their own otherwise.

"We know from research, and the years of experience of teaching that are piled up inside a teacher's union, that having books that are your very own that we can read time and time again, hopefully with a parent or older sibling or a grandparent, it increases our love of literacy. A child who gets hooked on reading at a very young age will be able to handle almost every other academic subject with ease," said Underwood.

First Book was only at Breakfast Point Academy on Monday.

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