Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Commission Chair Art De La Cruz is continuing his efforts and strong commitment to stress the importance of literacy in his district.
Last week at Mountain View Community Center, Commissioner De La Cruz held his sixth "Children's Book Holiday", which provides age-appropriate books for pre-school through eighth grade students so they can continue reading through school holiday breaks.
Eight-hundred books were given to 375 schoolchildren at the event. The $5,000 used to pay for the books came from Commissioner De La Cruz's discretionary fund.
“Studies show that literacy rates improve dramatically when children have books of their own. I hope that providing these children with books to read during school holiday breaks will encourage them to keep reading all year long," says Commissioner De La Cruz.
More than 2,200 students have benefited from the commissioner’s literacy program since it started in 2010. About 3,300 books have been given to those students during that time.
"There are many children in the community without access to books at home, and parents are lacking resources to purchase books. We believe in our children and we want them to keep reading," Commissioner De La Cruz says.
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