Dozens of Wichita County Centers Receive Books

- Dozens of Wichita County centers that cater to small children, received a big treat today-- books. They were collected last month during book drives held by businesses for the United Way.

Managers of some child care centers called today's deliveries Christmas in September because they say the free children's books will allow them to better prepare little ones for the next chapter of their lives-- school.

Books are building blocks that help children grow intellectually. And thanks to the United Way and area businesses, 8,000 books that were collected during recent book drives are allowing child and day care centers to continue helping little ones grow on their limited budgets.

"We do spend a large portion of the payments we receive on wages and on utilities and bills.  We also have a lot of requirements that we have to meet from the State of Texas.  Then, the money runs out and we don't always have enough to get all the books that we need or want," says Julie Spear, owner and director of Building Blocks Learning Center in Wichita Falls.

Books are needed because toddlers tend to chew on them or unknowingly damage or destroy them in other ways. Now, the United Way has made sure this, and many other centers, have dozens of new books.

"We love the ability to bring in a lot of books and bring them back to these centers.  That way the kids get new materials.  The teachers can read the new books.  The kids learn to read new books.  They get new pictures and their imagination goes wild," says Aaron Rask, quality early childhood education program manager at North Texas Area United Way.

Which opens their wide eyes to a world full of learning. About 100 day care and child care centers in Wichita County received delivers today.

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