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Even though prison moms in Iowa don't get to cuddle with their children before bedtime, they do get to read them bedtime stories, thanks in part to members of the West Des Moines Education Association.
Last fall, the Association joined hands with "Project Storybook," an outreach program for the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women run by Lutheran Social Services. Mothers choose new books, record themselves reading on tape, then mail both to their children at home. Nearly 130 inmates, who must belong to a mother's support group to participate, send packages each month.
"As a mom and teacher, the project just called out to me," says Association liaison …