JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A women’s organization is using their annual event to hand out books to people in need.
Close to 100,000 were donated to local schools for students coming from low-income families.
This is Pi Beta Phi’s fraternity day of service.
The organization says they chose Jackson as the book distribution location because of its great need.
“They are going to be over the moon when they see these boxes of books everyone from k to 6th grade has to have a book in their hand so they are going to be very happy to have a brand new book to read,” Grace Ann Herzog, a Greenville Social Worker, said.
“That’s our goal is to get a book in the hands of every child. We believe readers become leaders and can achieve anything they put their hearts and minds to,” Diane Bielman, the Grand Vice-President of Alumni, said.
Organizers say throughout the state, 16% of adults were found to be illiterate, with some areas reaching as high as 30%.