As part of an initiative to promote literacy and encourage reading among Louisiana’s children, the Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers donated the children’s book “Corduroy” to kindergartners in every school district in Louisiana, a news release from the Foundation stated.

Jindal and Raising Cane’s Founder and CEO Todd Graves partnered to donate more than 8,500 books to students across Louisiana.

“Reading is truly the foundation that helps our students develop critical-thinking skills, as well as enrich their imaginations; indeed, it is so very important for our children’s growth and development,” Jindal said. “Our goal for this program is to encourage all of our state’s children to read a little every day. The Foundation is proud to partner with Raising Cane’s to encourage our students to work hard and to have the confidence that they can achieve their dreams.”

“We are proud to partner with Supriya and her foundation on this great initiative,” Graves said. “Education is a key focus of our community involvement.”

Schools in South Baton Rouge that will receive the books are the LSU Laboratory School and Woodlawn Elementary.

The Supriya Jindal Foundation for Louisiana’s Children, a nonprofit organization, seeks to help Louisiana’s children in all aspects of education, with special emphasis on mathematics and science, while also giving teachers new tools that will foster an innovative and enriching learning environment, the release said. The Foundation seeks to use technology in Louisiana classrooms, to emphasize the importance of science and math, and to help develop the Louisiana workforce of tomorrow, the release said.