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DNC surplus goes to purchase thousands of books for Philly schools

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Some extra money from the 2016 Democratic National Convention will go to purchase books for Philadelphia District schools. 

The $750,000 that was kept in an escrow account has been donated to the School District of Philadelphia, said Kevin Washo, former director of the DNC executive committee. The money was used to secure a line of credit for the July event held in the city.

"We had money set aside a year and a half ago, which we didn't spend," he said. "That's why we are spending it on the school kids of Philadelphia."

The money will benefit the youngest students, said District Superintendent William Hite.

"It will specifically provide 80,000 new books for 150 kindergarten through third-grade classrooms across Philadelphia," he said.

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