A shiny new book for Christmas
What kid wouldn't like to have a shinny new book for free?
For the kids at Appalachia Elementary School it's a shiny new book each year before the Christmas break. For the past five years an accountant group from the Washington, D.C. area has come to the school and provided each one with a new book.
Just before Christmas something remarkable happens in the Appalachia Elementary School library. It grows to nearly twice its size with free books for the kids.
It's a book fair with a twist -- no money changes hands but just smiles and thank yous.
Fritz and Company, an accounting firm from Fairfax, Va., comes around each year with a shiny new book for every student. "Five years ago we decided that we wanted to come down to the southwestern part of Virginia and bring books to children," Lee Fritz says.
Shiny new books from the Scholastic Publishing Company and all are free of charge. "We've been coming here for five years now. We call this Chapter Five in the Shiny New Book program. We have provided the school over that five-year period close to 2,000 books to students, teachers and the staff that work here," Bill Fritz said.
"Bill has always encouraged our company to give back to the neighborhood and community and we expanded our neighborhood and community a few years ago," company member Corinne Kellogg adds.
And coming back year after year, friendships are made for both adults and kids alike. "His name is Aston, he was a pre-kindergartener last year. He came through, received a book, his picture was taken for their yearbook and I wanted to make a point of saying hi to him. I was glad to see him again and we're glad to be back," Bill says after visiting with a friend he made last year.
"We get to see the children grow up through the years and there's such a difference. They smile and they're always so happy to see us. As you can tell by the smiles we're very happy to see them too," his wife added.
As they each open their shiny new books a whole new world opens up, thanks to their friends from the other side of the state.
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