A truck of 40,000 FREE books will be arriving in Detroit Jan. 25. These books are made possible by the work of the DFT and other local unions, the AFT, and an organization called First Book. First Book collects excess books from publishers and redistributes them at a nominal cost to children in need. That cost will be picked up by the AFT, the DFT, the Detroit Federation of Paraprofessionals and the Detroit Association of Educational Office Employees.
Detroit Public Schools teachers can register to get 35 books for their students or classrooms. We are working to get another truck to arrive in March. To do that, we need 2,000 people who live or work in Title 1 (high-poverty) areas to fill out a simple registration. Everyone should register, which gets you into the discount book marketplace.
You can register by filling out a simple registration by Dec. 31. Fill out the registration TODAY by visiting: www.firstbook.org/aft.