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Did you know that the average teacher spends $478 dollars out of pocket on school supplies, including books for classroom libraries? BookSmiles gives underserved children in New Jersey and Philadelphia the opportunity to build personal libraries, starting at infancy. Its team collects, sorts, and creatively distributes gently used, new, and like-new books.  They focus on providing students and younger siblings with dozens of high-quality books, which lays the groundwork for great literacy skills before and during the elementary school years. They also provide fellow educators with free books for their classrooms, encouraging them to become literacy activists by gathering and distributing children's books


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