LA 1st Lady, Businessman Giving 8500 Books To Kids

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana's first lady and a Baton Rouge businessman are giving a picture book to kindergarten students all around the state.

         A news release says the Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana's Children and Todd Graves — owner of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers — are donating 8,500 copies of the book "Corduroy."

         Jindal said in a news release Thursday that the goal is to encourage all children to read a little every day. She says reading is the foundation of critical thinking and enriches the imagination.

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         Every kindergarten student in 103 schools around Louisiana will get a copy of the book. "Corduroy" is about a teddy bear who searches a department store at night after a little girl's mother refuses to buy him because a button is missing from his overalls.

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