Spring ISD students will receive 40,000 books thanks to a grant given to the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers.

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The Spring AFT received the grant for the books and a $10,000 First Book Marketplace credit, which the organization will be donating to SISD, according to an Oct. 20 news release from the district.

“Literacy is a vital part of any student’s education, and we are so excited to partner with the Spring AFT to ensure that our students have access to quality, free books,” Superintendent Lupita Hinojosa said via the news release.

The grant is from the federation’s Reading Opens the World program, which focuses on helping students “not just to catch up but to thrive” after literacy was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the AFT website. The program has donated 1.5 million books so far, according to SISD’s news release.

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On Dec. 8, the books will be distributed to students at SISD’s annual Winter Wonderland event.

“With 40,000 books available, students attending our Winter Wonderland event will not only be able to take just one book home, but build their entire library at home,” Hinojosa said.

The event will be held 5:30-8 p.m. at Planet Ford Stadium, which is located at 23802 Cypresswood Drive, Spring.