The Alabama Department of Commerce, along with AIDT, held a National Reading Month book drive, collecting about 200 books to donate to help advance a reading initiative organized by public schools. of Montgomery.
The donation benefited the Montgomery School System’s Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program, which puts books in the homes of parents of preschoolers and youngsters and helps prepare their children to read in class. The books were showcased at HIPPY last week.
“As a former teacher, I know there is nothing more important to our state than the education of our children. I have made early childhood literacy a major focus of my education initiative to ensure that our youngest learners have a strong start in their educational journey,” Governor Kay Ivey said.
“I commend the Alabama Department of Commerce and AIDT for partnering to advance one of our administration’s top priorities by hosting this book drive,” Ivey said. “I know that the Montgomery Public Schools Parents of Preschool Home Schooling Program will greatly benefit from these efforts, ultimately passing on the love of reading to our young people.”
The department organized the book drive after Ivey encouraged his Cabinet to support National Reading Month in March.
“Literacy is a top priority for Governor Ivey, and we at Commerce and AIDT wanted to embrace this worthy cause by putting books into the hands of enthusiastic young learners and encouraging an appreciation for reading,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama department. Trade.
“Education is the primary driver for moving Alabama forward, and it all starts with our young students reading books.”
This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.