A local school in Ohio is teaming up with a higher institution in West Virginia as a way to improve students' reading skills.
Thanks to the Hidden Promise Program at Glenville State College in West Virginia, more than 500 books are being distributed to students in Belpre schools in Ohio.
"It's nice to see the relationship between an Ohio school and a West Virginia higher institution, so it's nice to have that connection and I hope we can enjoy things from them in the future," Bernie Boice, principal of Belpre Middle School, said.
"Actually Belpre City Schools is the only school in Ohio right now that we serve," Teresa Sterns, with GSC's Hidden Promise Program, said.
Keith Barr is the program's coordinator and for him working outside of the state means the more students he's helping educate.
"Getting these books out there, giving these books away to these kids at an early age really helps them with their reading so we can get them prepared for college," Barr said.
And as the saying goes, "you can't judge a book by it's cover," no matter what the school looks like on the outside, Principal Boice admits it can always use a little help on the inside.
"You can never have too many books. We've been working really hard on improving our reading, and not only by improving it, by having access to books," Boice said.
Each elementary student at the school received a free book Thursday.
The program also serves 14 counties in West Virginia.