The Rotary Club of El Campo and Rotary Club of Wharton worked with First Book, Disney and ABC 13 to help organize this book distribution project. Special thanks to DG Scott Rainey, and especially to Rotarian Sheila Armstrong (RC of Houston) with "First Book", and Jon King (RC of Sharpstown), for making this project happen.
Click here to watch Disney's "Rally For Reading" which features ABC13 anchors, Disney Channel actors and actresses talking about this literacy project in El Campo and Wharton ISD, PLUS our very own DG Scott Rainey and Rotarians Sheila Armstrong and Jon King!
"Thank all the Rotarians, teachers and staff for your special part in making this event one that first served about 3,000 children directly, and then I would guess around 12,000 people when you include all the family members." said Scott Rainey, District Governor of District 5890.  "Part of the magic was seeing the parents, who took time to bring their child to get the books.  One mother, at around 10:30 AM, said "My son woke me up so we could come get the books".  How many story lines are inside that statement!" Rainey said.
Every El Campo ISD and Wharton ISD elementary student received Free Disney Books at the Drive-Thru Event on SATURDAY, MARCH 27 (1:00 - 3:00 P.M. CDT)
Live coverage was on, ABC13’s smartphone apps and ABC13’s connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV and Google TV.
In celebration of Disney’s Magic of Storytelling campaign, ABC13, Houston’s news leader, surprised Wharton ISD elementary students in March with a special two-day event to inspire our next generation of storytellers and encourage a lifelong love of reading.
Kicking off with a Rally for Reading live stream on FRIDAY, MARCH 26, ABC13 introduced special guests and local leaders to students in Wharton and neighboring El Campo ISD, including celebrity cameos from some of your favorite Disney Channel shows.
The rally culuminated with the announcement of ABC13 and Disney’s gift of 10,000 books to the students of Wharton and El Campo ISDs, with distribution on Saturday, March 27.
Eyewitness News was on hand to cover the drive-thru book distribution events across ABC13’s broadcast and digital platforms. The events featured guest appearances, marching bands, high school drill team, and more.
After the event, students were invited to keep the magic going at home. Disney and ABC13 encourages parents and students to visit to see virtual story times from expert storytellers and talent, in addition to tips for aspiring writers.
Disney is committed to supporting the next generation of innovators and storytellers, ensuring that all young people have an opportunity to believe in the possibilities, build new skills and create the future they imagine.
Disney Publishing Worldwide has donated millions of books to First Book, a nonprofit organization that puts new books and educational resources into the hands of educators who serve children from underserved communities nationwide.