This weekend, in collaboration with First Book and A Gift for Teaching, Walt Disney World Resort placed 40,000 books in the hands of educators and families in need across Central Florida.
The 40,000 books were all Disney themed and spanned classic and modern Disney tales fit for a variety of ages and reading levels. They were donated by Disney Worldwide Publishing.
“The magic of storytelling and the power of imagination can be seen in every corner of Walt Disney World Resort,” Tajiana Ancora-Brown, director of external affairs for Walt Disney World Resort, said. “Extending that magic and power beyond our resort and into the homes of our neighbors helps to cultivate a love of learning, reading and growing together.”
The event was a festival-like experience where families and educators were able to come out and pick the books best suited to their needs. More than 100 VoluntEARS worked tirelessly to organize the books by genre and age-level before the event, then helped attendees find the books they needed during the festival itself.
Educators were able to take home up to 50 new Disney books, while families got 5 books per child.
Partnership With First Book
Disney and First Book have a long-standing partnership. The non-profit works to provide low-income families and communities with much-needed new books.
“Much like Walt Disney World Resort, reading has the power to transport children and families into other worlds, letting them explore all their imaginations have to offer,” Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO and co-founder of First Book, said. “There’s no better way for us to showcase the magic of reading than by partnering with Disney to host events like the one today.”
With First Book, Disney has provided over 67 million Disney-themed books to children in need.
By Leah Sikes
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