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Book drive held for local kids

United Way of Southwest Oklahoma and Arvest Bank are partnering up to collect books for local kids during the month of January. 

United Way of Southwest Oklahoma's in-house education initiative, Success By 6, came up with the book drive idea after facing a loss of funding at the state level, the United Way said.

"Success By 6 has experienced a dwindling amount of money coming from the State of Oklahoma and as a result we have had to learn to stretch our dollars," Barbara Griffin, Success By 6 literacy coordinator, said in a news release. "During a planning meeting the idea of a book drive came up as a way to help get the books in from the kids that have outgrown them into the hands of kids that need them." 

This is the first year that United Way of Southwest Oklahoma and Arvest Bank have taken on the project. 

"Arvest Bank has been a great supporter of United Way of Southwest Oklahoma and it just seemed like a natural partnership for the idea of doing a book drive," said Sarah Head, community collaborations director for the United Way. "When I first contacted Arvest Bank about the possibility of serving as a dropoff site for this project they were very excited and extremely helpful."

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