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Students Surprised With Free Books

Posted at 5:35 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 17:35:44-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– More than 12,000 young students in Lexington will soon have two free books to call their own.

One of the first schools to announce the gift was William Wells Brown Elementary.

Students filled the gym Friday morning, where the school’s librarian announced that each teacher was getting four new books for their classroom, then she said that each student was getting to take home two books for free.

Fayette County Public Schools partnered with Scholastic to provide the free book fair to each of the 24 elementary schools that qualify as a title one school.

“For some of our students it is a struggle sometimes to buy books and to add to their own home library so this is a wonderful opportunity for our students to just select the two books they want and take those home,” said Principal Jay Jones.

The school tries to make sure students know how important reading is, but it can be difficult for lower-income families to get books.

The students were very excited to get new books.

“It’s like kids in a candy store just being able to pick whatever they want,” said Jones.