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Gift of Reading Program
 (sponsored by San Jose Mercury and Kids in Common)



On December 3,2005  one IEEE volunteer (David Fong and his children) sorted about two thousand books and packaged them into various boxes for distribution.  This year there seemed to be less books, maybe due to less advance notice from San Jose Mercury. We had fun with the other volunteers from different non-profit organizations such as WIE (Women In Engineering).

Books were distributed by Mark Hooper and David Fong to the following schools between December 11-14,2005.

Thanks to "Kids in Common" and "San Jose Mercury"
we were able to sort books and distribute books
to over 1890 children in the Santa Clara Valley Area.
Most are from low-income immigrants families.
About 200 books were in Spanish for elementary and middle school level.
Breakdown in books

Anderson Elementary School, San Jose
230 books given to children who attended the reading center

Scott Lane Elementary School, Santa Clara
250 books given to children who attended the homework center

McKinley Elementary School, San Jose
270 books to children who attended the classes of Mr Antonio Gomez who works with children with below average reading skills.

Cesar Chavez Academy (Middle School), East Palo Alto
170 books to be distributed to students

August Boeger Jr High School, San Jose (East)
150 books to reading center to be given to students

Mt Pleasant High School, San Jose (East)
250 books to students who participate in the reading center

Castro Middle School, San Jose
140 books to homework center to be given to students

Rogers Middle School, San Jose
150 books to homework center to be given to students

Westmont High School, San Jose
150 books to homework center to be given to students to encourage them to continue learning from tutors and others at the homework center.

Del Mar High School, San Jose
130 books given to Special Education teacher and her students.

Some of the stories : TO BE DONE.

Oscar L.
"Thank you for the box of books.
I found a good book in the box.
I just wanted to write back and thank you."

Edgar G.
"Thank you so much for "Point Blank". I enjoy fiction books a lot.
You gift is cool."

Dyinte K.
I appreciate the book because I am an athlete.
And I need all the reading.  I need thanks thinking of
children who need books so that they can exhale in life.
I will take in consideration to what you're doing.

Jeff G.
I think you so much for "Treasure Island".  I enjoy
adventure books.  You gift will help me in school work
so I have a book to read for book reports."


Book sorting at SJ Mercury with WIE

Book sorting at SJ Mercury with WIE

David posing with the books to be delivered.

Elementary level books

Middle school level books

High school level books

Receiving books at McKinley Elementary School

Spanish books

Receiving books at Westmont High School



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