Just in time for summer, students at John J. Montgomery Elementary School in Chula Vista received books from the United Way of San Diego County as their last day of school this year is quickly approaching. On May 8, the United Way, along with County Board of Supervisors Chair Nora Vargas distributed dozens of books to 127 students, and in total it donated 500 books to be distributed to the rest of the 327 students. Books were collected during the United Way’s Read Across America annual book drive in March, collecting thousands of books that the nonprofit is providing to the community.
“We are here at Montgomery Elementary. Being able to distribute the 2,000 books that we got from Read Across America month,” said UWSD President and CEO Nancy Sasaki. “We were able to give books to the first, second, and third graders here at the elementary school so that they have books at home. Some of them told me they had 165 books to a billion books at home. Either way, we talked about how much reading is caring, and reading is sharing, and you learn so much through books.”