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AISD has new effort for literacy development

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Not every child has access to high quality books, but one area school district is hoping to change that.

AISD and Educate Austin joined forces to provide 40-thousand books to the district.
It's all in an effort to see students succeed in the classroom and beyond.
AISD employees who serve a majority of low-income students were given 50 books each, to hand out to kids or to keep in their classrooms or buses.
Educate Austin says they have never given away so many books.
In fact, the line wrapped around Allan Elementary School.
Those involved hope more resources promoting literacy development will be available in the future.
"It's too bad that we have to have an event like this to get books into kids hands. It should just be part of the budget, it should be part of what the state provides," says Ken Zarifis, Education Austin, president.
This was the first major event since Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen announced she's leaving Austin for Atlanta's Public School's District.
We're told many teachers and parents are excited to see what the future may hold.
"I congratulate her, on her hard work and dedication while she was here. I'm also excited about our district and how we move forward the future of AISD, of our kids and teachers, and families and that is what we want to focus on, says Zarifis.
An interim superintendent will be named soon.
It could take up to a year to name Carstarphen's permanent replacement.

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