Verizon Donates 400 Books to Four Richmond, Va. Schools

RICHMOND, Va. -- Children at four Richmond elementary schools will be able to read and enjoy a variety of new books this fall, thanks to a donation by Verizon.

Verizon announced today at the Governor's PASS (Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools) Summit at the University of Richmond that it will donate a total of 400 copies of six books. PASS is major initiative of Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.

The books will be shipped next week to the following City of Richmond elementary schools: Fairfield, Maymont, Summer Hill/Ruffin Road and Woodville. Warner has designated these schools as PASS Priority Schools. As such, they receive specialized academic assistance, as well as support from business and community partners.

"Our company is committed to support literacy initiatives through our Verizon Reads program, not only in Richmond, but also in communities we serve throughout the nation," said Robert Woltz, president of Verizon Virginia. "We know that a literate community means better jobs and higher overall employability."

The books, a combination of best-sellers and all-time favorites, contain inspirational messages for children and portray diverse populations in a positive light. The titles are: "Leona and the Honeybears," by Melodye Benson Rosales; "Mice and Beans," by Pam Munoz; "No, David," by David Shannon; "I Spy," (a book of picture riddles) by Walter Wick and Jean Marzollo; "How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?" by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague; and "The Story of Ruby Bridges," by Robert Coles.

Accompanying each book will be a miniature poster and a bookmark of National Football League superstars Rhonde and Tiki Barber, Verizon's Literacy Champions.

Through Verizon Reads, the company raises funds, encourages collaboration among literacy providers, and promotes employee volunteerism in support of literacy programs around the country. Visit www.verizonreads.net to learn more about Verizon's commitment to literacy.

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