Students with the Lake Elsinore Unified School District began receiving new books Friday donated by the Lake Elsinore Valley Education Foundation program.
More than 1,900 LEUSD children will begin receiving a new book to help build their own home libraries, according to Bonnie Woodrome, spokesperson for the foundation.
The foundation worked in partership with First Book and Whitehorn Construction to provide children in need with an educational base and a way to interact in a literary way with their families, Woodrome said.
The first of the donations were given out to kindergartners and first-graders at Elsinore Elementary school, Woodrome said.
Through the remainder of this month, students will receive books at Wildomar, Machado and Railroad Canyon elementary schools, Woodrome said.
According to the National Reading Is Fundamental Program more than two-thirds of children living in poverty do not have access to books.
With budget cuts an issue throughout the county, libraries are open fewer hours, making it more difficult for children to get books.
"Children who are solid readers perform better in school, have a healthy self-image, and become lifelong learners," says Kevin Pape, president of the Lake Elsinore Education Foundation.
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