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The Oklahoma Child Support Services office in Poteau donated 160 books to the Kibois Head Start Program as part of Read Across America Day.
The office collected the books during a week-long community book drive ending on March 1, Read Across America Day.
Read Across America Day is the nationâ€™s largest celebration of reading, with more than 45 million participating to highlight the importance of developing a love of reading from an early age. Held each year on March 1, the day coincides with the birthday of beloved childrenâ€™s author, Dr. Seuss.
â€śWhen I heard about Read Across America Day, I knew it was something our office would want to do,â€ť said Amanda Tucker, Oklahoma Child Support Services program manager for the Poteau office. â€śThis is our community, and working for the well-being of children is at the core of our work.â€ť
Vicki Hamel, OCSS managing attorney for the Poteau office, agreed.
â€śIn everything we do as child support professionals, our goal is to promote healthy families,â€ť said Hamel. â€śDeveloping a love for reading can become a cornerstone for all sorts of educational opportunity, and education is the key to healthy families.â€ť