Gazette: Pupils collect 2,000 books for children in need

Elementary schools participate in program stressing importance of early education

MARION — Standing before tall stacks of books — about 2,000 in all — 10 Novak Elementary students read aloud letters addressed to their local legislators.

“I want to help out kids who don’t have access to books at home,” a fifth-grader named Lauren read from a handwritten note. “ ... Reading is so important.”

Students at Novak Elementary, a Linn-Mar district school at 401 29th Ave, collected books for Reach Out and Read Iowa, a non-profit that encourages health providers to give books to children and teach parents about the importance of reading during well-child exams. Wilkins Elementary, 2127 27th St., and Indian Creek Elementary, 2900 Indian Creek Rd., also participated in the drive.

(Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

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“What you did in preschool, it helps build your brain,” Mathis said. “It helps build your brain so you can come into school and you’re ready for school, and school is ready for you.”

Mathis told students and teachers in the room that she’ll push for more funding for schools at the Statehouse.

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