Wednesday, a big delivery of brand new books, in English and Spanish, kicked off the Raising a Reader program for Shandon Elementary School.
The program, which is overseen by the county office of education and already in place at schools in Oceano and Paso Robles, allows children to take four books home weekly to read with their parents. Funding of $9,000 from a Raising a Reader affiliate and $3,500 from the San Luis Obispo Community Foundation got the program off the ground.
The books are not just for preschool age students, who attend school in Shandon through the EOC Migrant Head Start and State Preschool programs, but for little ones from ages zero to three. They are selected by experts in childhood development.
“The first three years are the most important,” said Angela Hollander, school readiness coordinator for the County Office of Education. “They learn from hearing spoken language.”