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Williams McDonald's and Read On Arizona to give away 100 free books Saturday
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Beginning at 1 p.m on Saturday, the first 100 families to visit the Williams McDonald's restaurant will receive a free Scholastic book (toddler to 6th grade), ice cream cone and Read On Arizona Early Literacy Guide for Families to help support their child's reading.

Arizona McDonald's restaurants and Read On Arizona, a statewide public/private collaborative working to improve literacy, are partnering to put on the Family Reading Day to encourage families to pick up a book and read together.

Arizona McDonald's restaurants will give away 25,000 books and early literacy guides. The free book offer excludes Walmart and mall McDonald's restaurant locations.

"Read On Arizona is thrilled McDonald's is raising awareness about the importance of reading by celebrating Family Reading Day throughout the state," said Terri Clark, Arizona Literacy director for Read On Arizona. "The implementation of Arizona's third grade retention policy (Move On When Reading) this year makes a day like Family Reading Day more important than ever; it is everyone's responsibility to help connect families to books and reading resources so that together we can improve the literacy skills of Arizona's children."

Williams McDonald's owner Greg Cook said he is excited to give away books to local families.

"We know many Arizona families have a lack of access to books," Cook said. "We're delighted to partner with Read On Arizona to provide these valuable resources to help children improve their reading skills."

Read On Arizona is a public/private collaboration committed to building an early literacy system that improves language and literacy outcomes for Arizona's children from birth through age eight. More information is available at visit www.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Article comment by: Williams Resident

Sharon: This was false advertising, and a dollar may not be much, to you or I, but what if a family with alot of kids attended this event. It would have added up for them.

Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Article comment by: Sharon Atwater

A dollar for a cone!? Get over it.

Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Article comment by: Williams Resident

We went to this event, and my grandson got a very nice book. The lady that was in charge of handing out the books was very polite. We did not get a free ice cream cone from Mcdonalds. We had to pay $1.00 for my grandsons ice cream cone. We did this, because we had already promised him an ice cream cone, before we got there. Shame on you Williams Mcdonalds!

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