LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A good book can take you to faraway places or even imaginary lands. That's why First Lady Ginger Beebe is teaming up with Save the Children and Walmart to make sure Arkansas children' imaginations can run wild.
Mrs. Beebe accepted $25,000 from Walmart on behalf of Save the Children to go toward literacy programs in Arkansas. The nonprofit operates in-school, after-school and summer literacy programs in rural areas with high poverty.
"One of the goals in our literacy programs is to help the kids that are reading below grade level. And after a year in our program, they say it's like them getting two extra months of school, so with donations such as this from Walmart we're able to keep programs ongoing," said Save the Children Director Amy Fecher.
In addition to literacy programs, Save the Children provides nutrition and physical activity programs to kids in rural Arkansas.