Books

Lillian Larsen students receive free books through donations from the community

Brand new books get into the hands of Central Coast kids in need.

It’s all a result of donations to KSBY’s “If you give a child a book campaign.”

The community, along with contributions from KSBY staff and SESLOC, raised more than $37,000 for the campaign last year.

Scholastic turned that money into brand new books delivered to four Title 1 elementary schools on the Central Coast.

On Wednesday, students at Lillian Larsen Elementary School in San Miguel chose four brand new books.

The school’s principal says it gives students a sense of normalcy after one of their peers, Kyle Doan, 5, went missing after the Jan. 9 storm.

“The kids can come in and choose their own four books, whatever they want to read, which is amazing because we know that choosing books is a great way to encourage reading in our students,” Principal Karen Grandoli said. “It’s been hard here because of the student who disappeared from our school a few weeks ago, so I think this brings a lot of joy to all of our students. It also gives the students a sense of normalcy, so I think, you know, any extra little spark of joy that they can bring into their classrooms and into their homes is great for our students at this point.”

Book fairs have also taken place this week at Oceano Elementary, Arellanes Elementary and Bonita Elementary.

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