On a recent Saturday morning, the Waco ISD warehouse was all smiles. That’s because everyone was taking home free books and the volunteers truly loved giving them away. Waco ISD, working in conjunction with the local and state American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Firstbook.org, gave away 40,000 brand new hardback books to students, families and educators. Hundreds came to receive their free books at the Linda Bridges Memorial Book Distribution at the Waco ISD Warehouse. Folks from all over Waco lined up before the 10 a.m. start and continued to stream into the warehouse all day. By the end of the day all 40,000 books were distributed to very happy children, parents, and Waco ISD teachers. The purpose of the event was to encourage children to become strong readers.
Dozens of local volunteers spent the week leading up to the event unloading and organizing tables full of books ranging from pre-school age titles all the way to high school level novels, all coordinated by local AFT representatives Pamela Cooper and Rosalinda Silva.
To encourage students to participate, Waco Transit Authority provided free transportation for any Waco ISD student traveling with a parent on the date of the book giveaway, April 23. Students were only required to show a valid student ID to ride the fixed route system that day. It was a happy day for everyone involved.