More than 600 kindergartners at nine Title I schools received a free book on Friday from the United Way of Yellowstone County's Reading Matters program.
Participating schools were Broadwater, Beartooth, Bitterroot, Bench, McKinley, Washington, Miles Avenue, Ponderosa and Orchard schools.
The Reading Matters program promotes literacy, creates excitement and provides children with a brand new book, said Julie Morris, United Way of Yellowstone County Early Childhood Program Coordinator.
Reading Matters is a United Way of Yellowstone County Board initiative to also provide parents with quality literature, reading tips, and information on child development.
First Interstate Bank and United Way of Yellowstone County have been providing free books during the holiday season since 2007. United Way of Yellowstone County is also partnering with Barnes & Noble for the first time to distribute more than 500 books to six partner social service agencies this week.