To address the need for age appropriate books in elementary and middle schools in southwest Washington, Goodwill hopes to give about 1,000 teachers and educators 40,000 free books at stores in the state including the Selah Goodwill store on Saturday, Aug 25. The increase in books and distribution sites this year (40K –vs- 35K) is thanks in part to a donation of additional books from the Fife School District.
“Helping people gain the skills and education they need for employment starts at the very beginning with our kids,” said Lori Forte Harnick, President and CEO of Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region.  “Our Goodwill team is thrilled to have the opportunity to donate 40,000 books to teachers and their students across our community.”
The free books for educators will be available Saturday, August 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goodwill will offer an assortment of children’s books, from early learning picture books to readers, chapter books, craft/hobby, educational and teen and young adult series for older students.  Goodwill’s annual book intake from 40 donation sites and the Fife School District donation are sufficient to allow for 40,000 high quality books to be donated to the cause.
Teachers and educators simply furnish proof of their occupation with their school ID or equivalent to take up to 50 books each back to their school.  Teachers will also receive 30 student coupons good for an additional free book per student at all regional Goodwill stores to use as classroom incentives.  In addition, each educator will receive a 25% off coupon to shop at any Goodwill store.