Destination Imagination & First Book Gift Knoxville 40,000 Books

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Education-focused nonprofits, Destination Imagination and First Book, partner to donate more than 40,000 books to greater Knoxville area educators during Global Finals 2015

Destination Imagination and First Book have partnered to donate more than 40,000 books to East Tennessee educators.

By partnering with First Book, we aim to eliminate the lack of resources by putting more books in the hands of children in need.

May 7, 2015 – Two educational nonprofit organizations, Destination Imagination (DI) and First Book, have announced an official partnership to support East Tennessee educators and program leaders serving children in need. The partnership efforts will come to fruition during DI’s Global Finals 2015 starting May 20 and will aim to donate more than 40,000 brand new books to educators and program leaders in the greater Knoxville area.

“Our programs teach kids a number of valuable skills for the future, but for many the fundamentals of learning simply are not available. By partnering with First Book, we aim to eliminate the lack of resources by putting more books in the hands of children in need,” said Dr. Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination, Inc. “We are honored to work alongside First Book in an effort to extend educational opportunities throughout the greater Knoxville area.”

The books are complimentary and will be available to area educators and program leaders serving children from low-income families. Individuals must first sign up with First Book, which is a free process. The books will be available for pick-up for qualified educators and program leaders on Saturday, May 23, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Global Finals participants and volunteers will have the opportunity to create unique bookmarks to be donated along with the more than 40,000 books, and will sort and organize books from May 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Innovation Expo.

“First Book is thrilled to partner with Destination Imagination to support the Knoxville community with thousands of free books," said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “We invite all educators working in the lives of kids in need to join us at Global Finals and get new books for their school or program. Together we can elevate the quality of education for children in need by expanding access to books and other critical educational materials.”

First Book, a national nonprofit social enterprise that provides access to high-quality, low-cost and complimentary books for programs and schools who serve children in need, works with nonprofit, corporate and publishing partners to deliver millions of books to more than 175,000 classrooms and educational programs in North America. Founded in 1992, the organization has since then distributed more than 125 million complimentary and low cost books to communities in need. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering students' curiosity, courage and creativity through open-ended STEM, fine arts and service learning challenges, DI regularly partners with organizations, like First Book, that match their vision for youth education.

For more information about First Book, visit Additionally, for more information about DI’s Global Finals or for the full agenda, visit

About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The most popular education offering is the Challenge Program, where student teams solve open-ended STEM, arts and service learning Challenges and present their solutions to trained appraisers. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 1.5 million students. To learn more, please visit

About First Book
First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 125 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. To learn more, please visit


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Heather Ripley
Ripley PR
hripley (at) ripleypr (dot) com

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