ESPN, Save the Children delivering learning kits to poverty-stricken rural areas


ESPN and the Save the Children organization are coming together to help U.S. kids growing up in rural poverty. 

This week, volunteers from both groups put together 1,500 tote bags in Bristol. They’re filled with supplies aimed at encouraging children to learn, play, and grow. 

Save the Children will deliver the kits to kids growing up in poverty-stricken parts of rural America. 

Kits include books such as Big Red Barn and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, along with educational toys. A report released by the global humanitarian organization last week, titled Growing Up Rural in America, found that one in four children in America’s rural areas live in poverty, compared to one in five who live in urban areas. And five states – Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina – all have rural child poverty rates at or above 33 percent, meaning at least one in three rural children in these states are growing up in poverty.

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