The Texas AFL-CIO and Texas AFT partnered this weekend with a Univision station in Austin to promote reading and academic success at the Austin edition of the COPA Univision amateur soccer tournament. The event included adult and youth men's and women's teams. During the tournament, more than 2,000 people visited the AFL-CIO/AFT exhibit and volunteers gave out more than 1,500 books to children in attendance.
Texas AFT President Linda Bridges reported the exhibit space stayed busy with a steady stream of kids and parents stopping by to get a free book through First Book and to sign petitions supporting a commonsense immigration policy. AFT has a partnership with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 100 million books to children across the country. After Univision weather reporter Blanca Gaytan read a story to a group of children, they pledged to read 10 books over the summer.
See the video of Gaytan in the post.