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Imperial Beach kids enjoy the gift of reading

Posted at 10:19 AM, Dec 02, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-22 11:08:23-05

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) - What a difference books can make for the learning and growth of a child.

10News Anchor Kimberly Hunt returned to Imperial Beach Charter School, where students can’t get enough of reading.

Nine months ago, they were surprised with a donation of 1,800 books, made by 10News employees and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Each child was able to select two books of their own, with the rest going to the library and classrooms.

“Last year, I didn't like to read. But this year I love to read," said 7-year-old Diego. His favorite book is "Hoot Hoot".

“It's about owls. They're having a little party," he said.

Seven-year-old Adriana loves the adventure of a good book. “My favorite thing about reading is you can imagine stuff while you're reading the book," she said. Her favorite book is "My Weird School".

Principal Melissa Griffith says the books have made all the difference to students.

“The opportunity for them to learn sounds, to learn words, to take adventures within books, there's really nothing like it and it's so beneficial for our students," said Griffith. “Our students enjoy the books greatly. In addition to that, it allows for additional books to be in our library and also in our classrooms. So in the hands of kids is what we want, and we're so appreciative of that."