Through a collaboration between Disney, First Book and A gift for teaching, Walt Disney World provided 40,000 Disney books to Central Florida educators, children and families in need during the second annual First Book Family Festival which took place Saturday, May 4, 2019. The 40,000 books donated by Disney Worldwide Publishing represented both classic and new Disney tales appealing to readers of all variety of ages.
Through a longstanding partnership with the nonprofit organization dedicated to providing new books to educators and organizations serving children from low-income families, First Book, Disney aims to inspire children. First book and Disney hope to inspire children and families by cultivating a lifelong love of imaginative storytelling and reading. “The Magic of storytelling and the power of imagination can be seen in every corner of Walt Disney World Resort. Extending that magic and power beyond our resort and into the homes of our neighbors helps to cultivate a love of learning, reading and growing together,” states Tajiana Ancora-Brown, director of external affairs for Walt Disney World Resort.
To help make this festival possible, over 100 Disney VoluntEARs from across Walt Disney World Resort, alongside family and friends, helped bring the festival to life by organizing the 40,000 books donated by genre and age.
“Much like Walt Disney World Resort, reading has the power to transport children and families into other worlds, letting them explore all their imaginations have to offer. There’s no better wa for us to showcase the magic of reading than by partnering with Disney to host events like the one today,” states Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO and co-founder of First Book.
The unique festival experience was open to all educators, nonprofit organizations servicing children, and families in the Central Florida area. Participants were encouraged to come out and explore the magic of reading. Those attending the event left with new, Disney-themed books, providing opportunities of in-home experiences where children and families can read and explore their imaginations together.
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