Assistance League makes a difference with books for elementary schoolchildren

This photo was taken during the 2014 "Make A Difference Day" when the Assistance League of Southern Utah gave books to Bloomington Elementary School for its Chinese immersion program. St. George, Utah, 2014 | Photo courtesy of ASUL, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — In celebration of “Make a Difference Day” Saturday, a day designated for communities to make a difference in a single-day of volunteering, the Assistance League of Southern Utah provided books to Sandstone Elementary School and Red Mountain Elementary School in Washington County, both Title I schools.

Sandstone Elementary School received 720 books for special reading programs, benefiting approximately 350 students. Red Mountain Elementary School received 150 topic sets that provide practice in reading complex texts to deepen student’s knowledge of each topic, benefiting about 200 students in grades three to five.

“It is so rewarding to see how excited the children are to have new books,” a statement released by the Assistance League of Southern Utah said.

In 2012, the national Assistance League decided a local community book drive for children would be very beneficial.  Chapters throughout the United States collected 113,001 children’s books and donated them to schools, shelters, clubs and assistance league programs.

In 2013, 103,036 books were collected and donated and in 2014, 110 chapters participated in collecting 94,127 books.

In the past, the Assistance League of Southern Utah has donated new books to La Verkin and Hurricane elementary schools, Washington Elementary kindergarten summer reading program and has also donated books to Bloomington Elementary School for its dual immersion program.

About “Make a Difference Day”

For 25 years, USA Weekend Magazine, in collaboration with Points of Light and the support of Newman’s Own, has sponsored “Make a Difference Day,” which, according to the statement released by the Assistance League, is the largest national day of community service.  It is a celebration of people helping people with millions of Americans uniting in a common mission to improve the lives of others.  It is considered a local event with national impact.

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