Ford makes dreams possible with reading programs

More than 60,000 books distributed to local students

By Alex Czaja - SA Live Intern

SAN ANTONIO - Students are one step closer to their dreams thanks to the Ford Driving Dreams program.

In collaboration with the nonprofit First Book, Ford Motor Company provides new books to schools such as Miguel Carrillo Jr. Elementary School.

“It’ll be something they’ll always remember and that they’ll learn as a lesson to pass on to someone else,” said Valerie Flores, principal of Miguel Carrillo Jr. Elementary School.

Ford has already distributed 60,000 books in three states, including Texas, in an effort to improve literacy.

“We love them and we give them all sorts of opportunities at the school but when they go home they don’t have that book,” said Pamela Diaz, a librarian at Miguel Carrillo Jr. Elementary School. “It gives an opportunity for the children to have those books in the home.”

The program’s impact is not lost on the students. They understand the importance of reading and having access to books as well. 

“I think reading is important because it helps you get a really good career,” said C. Zuniga, a student at Miguel Carrillo Jr. Elementary School.

Although reading is just one aspect of Ford’s education initiative, students, like those at Miguel Carrillo Jr. Elementary School, are already closer to reaching their dreams thanks to their efforts.

“They can go home now with a book and read to their parents or grandparents, or even to themselves,” said Larry Gach, regional sales manager for Ford Motor Company. “I think we’re making a difference one child at a time.”

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