SA Reads summer book drive helps ease financial burden for teachers

Teachers pull from book bank to build classroom libraries. San Antonio - Every year, as kids prepare to start a new school year, many of their teachers are starting a new chapter of their own and it can begin with a book.

After years of teaching fifth grade at Spicewood Park Elementary, Teresa Segovia switched grade levels, forcing her to quickly rebuild a new first-grade classroom library from scratch.

"SA Reads provided that resource for me where I could come in and pick up 100 to 150 books at a time. Without SA reads I wouldn't have been able to create my library within two or three days," Segovia said. 

Like Segovia, many teachers find themselves paying hundreds of dollars out of pocket to fund their classroom. For the last seven years, SA reads has helped ease that burden for the teachers of Southwest independent school district by collecting book donations all across San Antonio.

 "The book drive in the summertime really helps us to get those books in the hands of teachers right before school starts. That's when we know that teachers really need them the most," said SA Reads program coordinator Shakyra Hass.

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