Hundreds of Books Donated to Frank West Students

January 23, 2017 – 23ABC, the Scripps Foundation, and Scholastic teamed up with the Kern Literacy Council for a visit to Frank West Elementary in celebration of National Reading Day.

“Reading teaches children about the world around them; they learn about people, places, and events outside their own experiences,” said Yvonne Lopez, Principal at Frank West Elementary School, who prepared an unexpected surprise to her T-K, 1st and 2nd grade students on National Reading Day.

Guests spent the morning with Frank West students where they talked about the importance of reading and Elaina Rusk, 23ABC Chief Meteorologist, sat down with the students to read a book.

Last November, 23ABC employees donated money for a reading program. “We have raised more than a thousand dollars; the Scripps Foundation matched the donation bringing a total of two thousand dollars” said Rusk. With that amount, 23ABC was able to purchase books at a discounted price from publishing company Scholastic. “We were able to give away more than 400 books today!” Rusk added.

In addition to the books, students were excited to receive a surprise visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog, who spent time high fiving every student in the room.

National Reading Day is an annual event which celebrates and encourages reading by younger children and is celebrated in thousands of schools all around the United States. This literacy event is designed to help students develop the literacy foundation they need to become lifelong learners.

BCSD thanks our community partners who made this event possible.


Elaina Rusk, 23ABC Chief Meteorologist, sat down with the students to read a book.



Clifford the Big Red Dog.





Teacher distributing books.

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