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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A love of reading early in life, can lead to greater opportunities down the road. That's exactly why the Maine Education Association is giving each first grader in the state a book. Of the 14 thousand books MEA purchased, 60 went to kids at Abraham Lincoln School in Bangor on Tuesday. The students were given those books following an assembly in the gymnasium. Some of the books included "Happy Birthday Hamster", "Let it Fall", and "The Biggest Snowman Ever".
Students seemed happy to get the books and the educators were happy to give them out.

"We believe that getting a book into the hand of every child is tantamount to them becoming a leader in the future so we say readers now, leaders in the future," explained Lois Kolby-Chesley, the president of the Maine Education Association.

MEA was able to purchase the books through a read across america grant funded by Renaissance Dental.

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