Serving our customers goes way beyond delivering safe and reliable electricity.

Empowering communities is important too, and a new effort we started this year is aimed at some of the youngest members of those cities and towns across central and eastern Pennsylvania.

Cover to Cover is designed to provide the books to students in grades K-3 who are at risk of falling behind in reading over the summer. We’re working with community organizations like WVIA, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and the Nutripaks program in the Harrisburg area to get the books to children over the next two weeks.

Children who miss out on reading and learning opportunities in the summer can fall behind as much as two grade levels by the fifth grade.

PPL employees donated new and gently used books, and the PPL Foundation funded the purchase of new books to provide about 23,000 books overall. That’s a lot of reading and learning and we’re glad. We’re hopeful for the young children who will read these books and grateful we were able to help.

Through this program, we have the potential to positively affect thousands of young lives. Giving the gift of reading lets us help turn the page on child literacy.

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Dieruff High School student volunteer Alfred Fustakgi helps place labels into books headed to young students for summer reading.

Famed American educator and author Mary Ellen Chase once noted, “There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” We couldn’t agree more.