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Directly. As a teacher, I've seen at first hand how reading can change children's lives.
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at first hand

Directly from the origin, without intervention or intermediary. For example, I prefer to hear his criticism at first hand, rather than having it passed on by my boss . This phrase uses hand in the sense of "person" (coming directly from one person). [First half of 1700s] Also see at second hand.
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Those with first hand or direct knowledge of unions and their activities might arguably be better informed.
Our lucky winner will get the opportunity to sample, first hand, the speed of a current Formula One car around Silverstone or Donington during the 1999 Grand Prix season.
His fresh approach and creative strategies are the result of a uniquely diverse background - a blend of his experiences as a practicing real estate attorney working with many of the city's most respected builders, together with his years as Office of Economic Development (OED) Commissioner in the Koch Administration, where he learned first hand how the city's real property tax policies are developed and implemented.
In the session entitled "Scenario-Based Rules Case Study," Gomariz and several leaders from user enterprises will share first hand experience with leveraging scenario-based rules, reviewing the business and technical aspects such as goals, business case, strategy, tools, challenges and benefits, what worked, and what didn't.
Anita Diggs, Senior Editor and Director of One World/Ballantine Books, knows first hand that effectively reaching the market for black-interest titles continues to present a challenge.
For the enterprise, this initiative allows them to assess SOA's value first hand by constructing their own proof-of-concepts and pilot implementations.
This way, I can get the project teams directly involved in the sessions, and to experience the customer's reaction first hand.
In this webinar, you'll see first hand how TimeStorm solves these problems and how it boosts the productivity of developers by offering a complete, integrated solution for embedded developers.
Together, Vigilys Commander and Vigilys Responder provide decision-support and collaboration tools that enable emergency management and field personnel to see first hand what is happening during an incident, and make informed decisions about how to best manage resources and execute effective response and recovery missions.
The in-water show also gives potential customers a chance to experience first hand the incredible stability of the EZ Dock product, which is created by its unique pylon design," continued Wahrmund.