United Way donates books to after school programs

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JACKSON, Tenn — Children across West Tennessee will get new books thanks to the United Way of West Tennessee. The nearly 7,000 books are donated to various afterschool programs in West Tennessee through the Tennessee Afterschool Network. The United Way said being able to put more books in the hands of children betters their chances of success inside the classroom. “If we create a strong reader by age 8 then they are going to continue reading,” President and CEO of the United Way for West Tennessee, Scott Conger explained to WBBJ Thursday, “and if they enjoy reading then they are going to be able to progress faster and advance above their peers.” In Tennessee, there are approximately 180,000 school-aged children who participate in afterschool programs.

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