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Pizza Hut Teams up With NFL Star Running Back Todd Gurley To Tackle Childhood Literacy

...Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL leverages partnerships with NFL teams and players to inspire young readers & raise funds for nonprofit First Book PLANO, Texas (November 27, 2018) – Nearly 35 years after launching its iconic BOOK IT! program, Pizza Hut is expanding its commitment to literacy through its partnership with the National Football League by joining forces with Pizza Hut NFL player ambassadors and team partners to shine a spotlight on the importance of reading to kids and parents across the nation. This Giving Tuesday, Pizza Hut is teaming up with Los Angeles Rams All-Pro running back Todd Gurley to amplify his commitment to childhood reading through activations in the community, on the field and across social media during Weeks 13-15 of this NFL season. “In our first year as the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, we have a powerful opportunity to work with the League,... Read More
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...Leading experts provide educators with practical guidance and actionable steps for creating equity in the classroom PLANO, Texas, August 19, 2020 – Pizza Hut and First Book today announced the launch of Empowering Educators – a collection of resources developed to provide educators with guidance and actionable steps to create equitable learning environments and navigate conversations about race and racism. They unveiled the initiative during a virtual event, “Empowering Educators: A Convening on Racial Equity in Education,” hosted by American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center . The timely launch of these resources comes as the nation seeks to address issues of systemic racism during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has presented additional unprecedented challenges this school year. These resources were created in response to a 2019 survey by First Book Research & Insights where 66 percent of educators indicated they wanted to proactively talk about race with students... Read More
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AU’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center Partners with Pizza Hut, First Book to Host Virtual Event for Educators, “Empowering Educators: A Convening on Racial Equity in Education”

...Award-winning YA author Jason Reynolds to join August 19 panel discussion (WASHINGTON, D.C.) July 29, 2020 – As more schools plan to incorporate antiracist teaching and cultural responsiveness in their classrooms, American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center is partnering with Pizza Hut and First Book on a free event for PreK-12 grade educators on August 19. Called “Empowering Educators: A Convening on Racial Equity in Education,” the event will provide educators with guidance and actionable resources to help them prepare for conversations on race and racism. “At a time when antiracism is front-and-center in a national movement to achieve equity and social justice, this event will provide educators much-needed resources and actionable, practical guidance in creating antiracist curricula and engaging in dialogue,” said Christine Platt, AU Antiracism Center’s interim managing director.Headlining the convening are Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and award-winning young adult... Read More
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Talking Books – and Pizza – with Pizza Hut’s Natasha Collins

...First Book recently spoke with Natasha Collins, social impact manager for Pizza Hut. Through April 22, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project – the company’s global commitment to literacy – and First Book are partnering to enable access to books and educational resources, empower teachers, and inspire a lifelong love of reading. You can add a “topping of literacy” to your Pizza Hut order in-store or online, or make a direct donation, and help get books to kids in need! First Book: What was your favorite book as a child, and has it had a lasting impact on you? Natasha Collins: My favorite was To Kill a Mockingbird; the social commentary is as relevant now as it was then. It’s a book that I come back to, and every time I read it I see the story through the lens of a different character. As a young person, I identified... Read More
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Using the Power of Pizza to Transform Lives Through Literacy

...What could bring together teachers, community organizations and hungry friends of First Book ? Answer: Pizza! First Book is proud to partner with Pizza Hut and excited to take part in their new 10-year campaign, Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project . When friends, families, and co-workers sit down to eat or order online from Pizza Hut they’ll be able to add a donation to First Book to enable access to books for children in need. The funds raised from each Pizza Hut location will go to local educators so they can purchase books and resources from the First Book Marketplace . The combination of this campaign’s worldwide reach and local community focus will bring the greatest impact. Kyle Zimmer and Artie Starrs Some of the students at PS 30 in New York City got a “taste” of the Literacy Project on September 8th, when they were treated to... Read More
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Pizza Hut Chief Executive Officer Artie Starrs Joins First Book Board of Directors

...Sept. 29, 2020 (WASHINGTON) – Artie Starrs, the Chief Executive Officer of Pizza Hut, has joined the board of directors of Washington, D.C.-based First Book, a national nonprofit social enterprise focused on equal access to quality education.  First Book and Pizza Hut have worked together for the past four years through Pizza Hut: The Literacy Project, a platform dedicated to tackling illiteracy. Through the initiative, Pizza Hut has a goal to impact 100 million lives over ten years by enabling access to books and educational resources, empowering teachers and inspiring readers.  In response to educator requests, over the last year Pizza Hut and First Book worked together with leading anti-bias and antiracism experts to create a series of Empowering Educators resources, launched this summer, to help educators engage in effective and courageous conversations about race and social justice.  “During our work together, I have been enormously impressed with... Read More

Q&A with Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Author Partner, Tom Angleberger

...What could be better than pizza and books? For us at First Book, not much! Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! program will provide 10,000 books to classrooms for the 2019-2020 school year via First Book to encourage students to find joy in reading. We spoke with this year’s BOOK IT! author partner and a First Book favorite author, Tom Angleberger, about the Origami Yoda series and what is means to be a Pizza Hut author partner & literacy ambassador. Q. How did the idea for Origami Yoda first come about? Tom: Origami Yoda the book was inspired by Origami Yoda the finger puppet. It all came about very naturally, since I’m a long, long time fan of both Star Wars and origami. I saw a super complicated origami Yoda online. Way beyond my skill level. So I made my own simple version and … the Force was with me... Read More