Monday, March 11, 2013
Commissioner De La Cruz held his "Children's Book Holiday" for youth in District 2 so they can continue reading during Spring Break. On March 8, 1,078 books were provided to 539 children.
“I believe in the importance of children having books of their own to read. My initiative is meant to improve literacy and provide these children with books that are fun and enjoyable, books that make them think and discover things, and develop a thirst to want to read more all the time,” Commissioner Art De La Cruz said
The Children’s Book Holiday project provides age-appropriate books for pre-school through 8th grade students. The children who received books were from Edward Gonzales Elementary School, Helen Cordero Elementary School, Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School, Alamosa Community Center and Westgate Community Center.
"During our book holiday event, I interact with all of the children and read essays aloud that were written by the children. They are excited. I am amazed at their imagination, honesty and humor. I encourage parents to read to and with their children, to improve their literacy competency and because – reading is for winners!” Commissioner De La Cruz said.
The commissioner hopes this effort will encourage and reinforce the importance of promoting literacy in school age children.
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