Give-A-Book Program Kicks Off

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How would you like to star in your own book?

Well, some local kindergartners know the feeling thanks to the Give-A-Book program.

It kicked off Wednesday at Ouabache Elementary School.

Every kindergarten student in Vigo County will receive a personalized book in which they’re the main character.

The program was started 25 years ago by local realtor Betty Lanke. The goal is to promote early literacy.

Teacher Kate Hall received one of these books when she was in kindergarten. Now, she shares it with her students.

“Well, of course, they laugh when they see my picture and they think it’s funny that my name is Kate. They just think that’s hilarious,” says Hall. “It’s just neat because we’ll sit in a circle and read our books together, and we just enjoy it. It’s hard for them to believe that I was in kindergarten at one time.”

Jane Nichols, the Executive Director of the Vigo County Education Foundation, says the kids’ reactions are priceless.

“We are taking turns reading and they’re ‘There’s my name! There’s my teacher’s name! There’s my school!” says Nichols.

The program continues to be made possible by Terre Haute Savings Bank, the Vigo County Education Foundation, the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Duke Energy and B & S Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

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