SOURCE: Better World Books

Better World Books

April 11, 2014 08:00 ET

Better World Books Gifts Atlanta Community With 50,000 Books on April 19

KIPP STRIVE Academy and Better World Books Co-Host Free Book Giveaway

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Apr 11, 2014) - To celebrate World Book Day and thank the community for its support, Better World Books will give away 50,000 children's books to kids in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. The assets for this giveaway come from Better World Books' Book for Book™ program, a philanthropic initiative that identifies communities in need and provides them with gently used, pre-loved books. Better World Books' co-host, KIPP STRIVE Academy, is opening its doors to book lovers and beginning readers alike in the Atlanta area on April 19, encouraging families to come together to celebrate the importance of reading.

Better World Books tapped a student group from Emory's Goizueta Business School to determine a location for this giveaway with the greatest impact potential -- targeting areas with reading and literacy needs, as well as lower-income families with school-aged children. The group chose the Atlanta University Corridor (AUC), and solicited KIPP STRIVE Academy to serve as the event partner based on similar missions to educate and empower communities with little access to educational material.

"We are so thrilled to co-host this 50,000 book giveaway event with Better World Books," said Christy Harris, KIPP STRIVE Academy's principal. "A donation of this magnitude will have such an impact on our local community, and we're glad to open our doors for this event."

"Better World Books loves being part of this community, and it means a lot to us to be able to provide the books for this giveaway," said John Ujda, Better World Books' Chief Literacy Officer. "Making literacy and books accessible to all readers is the foundation of our company, and we're thrilled that the Book for Book™ program is making an impact in our own backyard." 

Event details:
Date:
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (or as long as the books last!)
Location: KIPP STRIVE Academy, 1444 Lucile Ave. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
*Parking available in the lot surrounding the campus.

About Better World Books
Better World Books (www.BetterWorldBooks.com) is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online matching each purchase with a donation, book for book, and with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. With more than eight million new and used titles in stock, Better World Books is a self-sustaining company that balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders. Better World Books diverts books from landfills by conducting book drives on thousands of college campuses and libraries. Since its founding in 2003, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based company has raised over $16 million for libraries and literacy, donated over 12 million books; re-used or recycled over 120 million books and achieved 44,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon balanced shipping.

About KIPP STRIVE Academy

KIPP STRIVE Academy, located in the West End/Westview neighborhood in Atlanta, is part of KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools, a network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools operates seven schools including two elementary, four middle schools, one high school, and the KIPP Through College program which supports students on their journey to and through college. KIPP Metro Atlanta plans to serve more students each year as it grows into a full K-12 network. For more information please visit our website at www.kippmetroatlanta.org

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