Educational nonprofit receives major funding from billionaire donor

(Spectrum News Charlotte)

A nonprofit that gives free books to families received a major boost from a billionaire philanthropist.

Reach Out and Read just received $8 million from MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Reach Out and Read distributes free books through pediatrician offices nationwide. 

Alex Hurdle, a teacher in Durham County, sees the benefit not only in her own family’s life, but in her students’ as well. 

“By the time I see kids, we are trying to learn how to read. And so at this young age, just getting them familiar with the pages, how to turn a book, really like just getting excited about what a book can offer,” Hurdle said.

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