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3 News Now and partners empower children in the community

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 19:03:21-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Studies show children who grow up with books in their home have a substantial advantage over children who do not. This is why, every year, 3 News Now’s parent company and the Scripps Howard Foundation work with Scholastic to sponsor the “If You Give A Child a Book…” campaign, where kids are given books of their own to take home.

Normally 3 News Now has the opportunity to help kids pick out their books, but because of the pandemic everyone had to get creative. Instead, six books were delivered to each student at Blumfield Elementary and 3 News Now had the opportunity to chat with some of the kids via Zoom.

“I feel like, when I’m reading, my mind is like, telling me a movie. It's just really fun to see and read different types of books and to see what they’re all about,” said 10-year-old Merina Mutunga.

10-year-old Conner Lowe said he loves book series and reading has helped him stay busy during the pandemic.

“What's really good about reading is that I use my imagination to imagine what's going on," Conner said. "With graphic novels, I don't have to because they have pictures."

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