Corpus Christi AFT gives the gift of reading to students through grant for home libraries

Corpus Christi AFT received a $16,000 grant to assist in building home libraries for students in need at Zavala Elementary in Corpus Christi ISD. The grant is part of continuing work with First Book, a nonprofit providing books and supplies to low-income students. Last year the union also distributed 40,000 books to district students.

Nancy Vera, CCAFT president, told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times that the money will “provide books to the students who don’t necessarily have the means to be able to have books at home. It’s not just about giving the students books but allowing the teachers to select the books that they feel the students would benefit from the most and then establishing libraries in their homes.

Zavala Elementary also is part of Texas AFT’s community schools initiative, which uses parental and community engagement and social services to support struggling schools.