Midland TX Real Estate - Storybook Christmas

Ethan Burgard, 7, takes his copy of "Chicken Little" Monday at St. Ann Catholic School. The local Zeta Xi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International are giving first-graders throughout Midland books as part as part of their annual Storybook Christmas program which has a goal of promoting literacy and reading. Cindeka Nealy/Reporter-Telegram 

MIDLAND TX – For the past 20 years, the Midland chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International has spearheaded Storybook Christmas, which provides books for every Midland first-grader.  Many of our local first-graders will spend their Christmas break with “Chicken Little” thanks the Zeta Xi chapter.

The Zeta Xi chapter is a group of former and current educators promoting literacy in early childhood and also participates in Need to Read.  Pat Adams, member of the Zeta Xi says, “it’s thing we are really interested in,”  “I think this encourages children to read, and the books give them a sense of ownership.”

Each year a different book is selected and for some students, this is the first book they ever have owned, and many of them will hold on to the book for the rest of their lives, said member Ann Andrews.

Annually, Zeta Xi raises an average of $7,500 to $8,500 to purchase the books.  People in Midland give most of the money raised because they believe in the cause.  Essentially, “the community is responsible for making Storybook Christmas happen,” Adams said.  “(Delta Kappa Gamma) is responsible for setting it up.”

This year the group donated approximately 2,300 copies of the children’s classic story in English and Spanish to 29 elementary schools.  Each book comes with a Storybook Christmas nameplate and a place for the kids to write their names.  It has become generational. 

Zeta Xi members are accepting donations to Storybook Christmas.  They may be sent to P.O. Box 8769, Midland, Texas 79708.