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High school student uses music, nonprofit to raise W.Va. literacy rates


High school student Rania Zuri has made it her mission to end book deserts in West Virginia.

Book deserts are places without libraries and bookstores, threatening literacy rates for young children. A senior at Morgantown High School, Zuri founded the LiTEArary Society to provide books to preschool children across West Virginia.
She recently spoke with Inside Appalachian host Mason Adams.

“I’ve always been a bibliophile my whole life…I decided to combine my book club with my passion for ending the book desert into the LiTEAary Society, which is a play on words of literary and tea.”

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