The Florida Education Association and First Book on Monday gave every Breakfast Point Academy student a free book on Saturday.

PANAMA CITY — Every Breakfast Point Academy student received a free book from the Florida Education Association and First Book on Monday.


"We live in a world in which some children don’t have their own book," President of the Association of Bay County Educators Alexis Underwood said of the book giveaway. "This is a way that FEA and First Book can work with Bay District Schools to put books in the hands of our students."


Dozens of students chose a free book from a selection that was organized by grade. Breakfast Point Academy kindergartener William McAlister wanted to show everyone in the school library his new free book "A Day with Police Officers" because he loves police officers and the blue book matched his shirt.


Breakfast Point Academy was the first of 50 stops for the FEA’s bus tour that spanned 30 counties over five weeks.


"We lead with one thing and that’s student success," FEA President Fredrick Ingram said. "It’s about insuring that all of our students, regardless of zip code, regardless of background, get a chance at an opportunity to learn as much as they can and it starts with a book."


Some kindergarten students made "thank you" notes to the FEA for their new free books. "Speaking as a reading teacher, I promise you, a person who knows how to read can do anything in life because they can self-educate," Underwood said.