Chris Long Foundation launching new EdZone program
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A Charlottesville native's nonprofit will be hosting a book distribution and book reading this Friday.
The Chris Long Foundation is working with FirstBook and Charlottesville City Schools to put on the event at Burnley-Moran Elementary School.
According to a release, this is part of the Chris Long Foundation's new EdZone program, which aims to advance education equity issues in communities across the United States.
Chris Long, a two-time Super Bowl champion and University of Virginia alumnus, will be a guest reader, and then students will be able to talk to him about his school experiences, his family and interests, and his the in the NFL.
This month, the program will distribute more than 2,500 books at the elementary school.
Then for the 2022-23 academic year, the Chris Long Foundation and CCS will support the distribution of items that students need, such as hygiene products, socks and clothing.
“Charlottesville is my hometown and where I’ve chosen to put down roots and raise my family. I’m excited to give back to a community that gave so much to me,” said Long, founder of the Chris Long Foundation. “Every child deserves a chance to succeed in school and that starts with children having the right tools, like books that they are excited to read. This is our first book reading event in Charlottesville and we can’t wait to build out our program and partnerships.”
The release says pre-K to fourth-grade students at Burnley-Moran will get books through the FirstBook marketplace, which allows teachers to select book titles that will best suit the needs and interests of their students.
The books will help to supplement school and classroom libraries as well as ensure access to culturally-relevant titles to help improve early literacy skills.
Friday's distribution will be the first of several initiatives put on by the EdZone program.
For more information, click here.