KSBY concludes “If you give a book to a child” campaign with a second book distribution
Over the past two weeks, two local schools that have been the beneficiaries of KSBY’s “If You Give a Child a Book” campaign have had their second and final book distribution. The campaign, which began in September, raised $ 30,000 raised through the Scripps Howard Foundation, KSBY employees and community members. As a result, students at Oceano Elementary School and Arellanes Elementary School received eight to nine new books through a book distribution held in January this year and a book fair held this month. -this.
The second time around, the students were able to choose between four and five new books.
The summer holidays are not the only thing that worries the pupils of the Arellanes and Oceano primary schools. As teachers prepare to send their students to the next level, their students are opening a home library that they can refer to over the coming months.
“Oh my God, they were so excited,” said Laura Eledge, a first grade teacher at Oceano Elementary School. “A lot of our students don’t have the books readily available all the time, so having these new quality books with all the cool stuff they love, I think it’s going to really motivate them to read during the summer, their to talk about books and even want to share them with their brothers and sisters. “
Shannon Pimentel, San Luis Obispo County Raising a Reader Coordinator, says reading will not only keep students engaged this summer, but also prepare them for the next school year.
“Every time you pack that summer beach bag to go to the park or the beach, throw some books,” Pimentel said. “Anytime you put your child in bed or sit on the couch, take those books and take those moments to snuggle up and just enjoy and have conversations.”
While the months of June, July, and August can mean stepping out of the routine, Pimentel says it’s important for students to read or to be read to each other every day.
“So parents take this opportunity to make sure children have access to books as well as access to their time to snuggle up and explore books together,” Pimentel said. “Children will have many opportunities to pursue this language and literacy component.”
Books purchased as part of the “If You Give A Book To A Child” fundraiser distributed to local schools