Book Trust helps metro kids step up their reading game

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Hundreds of local students had the chance to step-up their reading game Tuesday. A program called Book Trust, now in 10 metro schools, gives students free books to encourage reading.

Tuesday WOWT 6 News found assistant principal at Mockingbird Elementary passing out books. Dressed up as Gru from Despicable Me, he called-up the kids up one-by-one. The students, kindergarten through third grade, get to take books home for free.

They're pumped-up about getting to read books they picked out themselves.

"I like that they help us to read and read chapter book and my readings got better,” said second grader Jason Moran

Jason's teacher said some of the children don't have books at home and this program has helped by also getting their parents involved. They can now read books at home with their kids.