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CASA of Kern County has received more than 100 books from The Justice Project to distribute to its CASA kids. The Justice Project initiated the A Book of My Own project in order to provide underprivileged or socially marginalized children with a book of their own. The books will serve as a launching pad for further learning and will encourage each child to know that they matter.

Janet Shaw, Program Manager for CASA of Kern County, shared her thoughts on the initiative. “We never know the impact of giving without expecting anything in return,” Shaw said. “I can tell you that many of our CASA kids that have graduated from high school and/or attend college have one thing in common, they love to read. Many have said that reading got them through some pretty tough times.”

CASA is a nonprofit organization that advocates for abused and neglected children within Kern County. Its mission is to recruit, screen, train, and supervise volunteers within the community to become highly trained advocates. These advocates represent the best interests of the children in the courtroom and other settings. For more info, call 661-631-2272 or go to kerncasa.org.

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