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Non-profit in Cape Girardeau hopes to give books to low income kids and teens

Through Freebooks.org educators can sign up for their students. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) Through Freebooks.org educators can sign up for their students. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
The books will be for children grades K-12. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) The books will be for children grades K-12. (Source: Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
1,500 more educators are needed to sign up for the program. (Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS) 1,500 more educators are needed to sign up for the program. (Sherae Honeycutt, KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A Cape Girardeau non-profit is working to give books to Heartland kids.

The Community Caring Council is not asking for donations, but instead looking for over 1,000 low-income kids and teens to give them to.

The program is made possible through Firstbook.org.

An educator can apply on the website for the opportunity if 70 percent of the children they teach are from a low-income community.

Right now the council has 500 educators signed up for the program, but need 1,500 more.

The organization says reading is not just about learning at school.

These books would give some kids the chance to practice reading at home.

"A lot of low-income children don't necessarily have something to call their own, or don't have a brand new book they can take home and say 'this is mine! I get to have this forever,' and read as many times as they want," explains Taylor Lauer, a youth specialist with The Missouri Mentoring Partnership. "So this is something special for them."

Each student under 18 years of age would would get 20 books of their own.

Once the group has 2,000 educators participating they can receive the books from Freebooks.org.

The council plans to distribute the books through the area with a books on wheels program, but even if you aren't in Cape an educator can come pick them up once they arrive.

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