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To celebrate 50th anniversary, Houston company touts importance of reading with book giveaway

Houston company celebrates 50th anniversary with book giveaway

Atherton Elementary School students receive book and teddy bear from John Moore
Atherton Elementary School students are excited to receive a book and teddy bear. Photo by Craig Hartley
John Moore technician Patrick Middleton reads the original story "Buddy, the Home Repair Bear" to the pre-K and kindergarten students at Atherton Elementary School
 Pre-K and kindergarten students at Atherton Elementary School are enthralled as John Moore technician Patrick Middleton reads the original story, Buddy, the Home Repair Bear.  Photo by Craig Hartley
John Moore book donation and teddy bears
Excitement reigned among the students at Atherton Elementary School who were surprised with a book and bear.  Photo by Craig Hartley
Atherton Elementary School students receive book and teddy bear from John Moore
John Moore technician Patrick Middleton reads the original story "Buddy, the Home Repair Bear" to the pre-K and kindergarten students at Atherton Elementary School
John Moore book donation and teddy bears

John Moore normally makes emergency calls to drain clogs, fix sewers or repair a broken air conditioner at homes and businesses around Houston. But to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the family-owned home services company embarked on a different kind of mission.

A large convoy of John Moore technicians in 25 trucks recently delivered 5,050 specially-created story books and teddy bears to 12 area low-income schools. Created for the company, the children’s book features "Buddy, the Home Repair Bear" and points out that by helping others and doing a good job, everyone can be a hero. 

Each elementary school child was thrilled to receive a storybook and a little teddy bear named Buddy, the character in the story.

 “Many children don't have enough books at home during the critical early reading years.  Buddy's story is a way to give these children both a book and an idea — that each of us can be a hero in our own way," said Don Valentine, president of John Moore Services. 

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