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Families Celebrate Three Kings Day Across Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Local groups on Milwaukee's south side made Three Kings Day one to remember.

At St. Augustine's Prep, police officers from district two served lunch and handed out warm clothing to dozens of families who have been victims of violence.

"We had our officers go out and reach out to our community organizers and community partners. Find out the people who have been impacted by some sort of crime who have been struggling financially throughout the year, and we were able to get a good number of families to come here," says Captain Alex Ramirez, Milwaukee Police Department. 

In Walker's Point, the American Federation of Teachers gifted students with 400 hundred bilingual books.

Their goal, to encourage students to read more and improve high school graduation rates among Latinos.

"We know that they're not graduating at the same rate as other populations, so we want to make sure that kids own a book and read a book for 30 minutes a day. That way we're guaranteeing that they're graduating high school and going to college," says Luz Sosa, Professor, MATC. 

It's the fifth year the teacher's union has passed out books for the holiday

They say each book makes a difference.

Organizers want to spread a message of hope in spite of the obstacles families may face.

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