Bond Elementary’s computer lab turned into a giant book fair with students carefully walking through to select a free paperback or hardback of their choice.
Molina Healthcare and the El Paso American Federation of Teachers donated more than 2,500 books to the Westside elementary for its annual book giveaway. Librarian Rosanna Alvarado picked up the books over the summer, sorting all the titles into neat stacks for students to browse through.
“Today, we are making sure every student at Mitzi Bond Elementary gets a book,” Alvarado said. “Every year, we give away free books at our campus every year, whether it’s through donations from the PTA, the Federation or campus funds. We have a commitment to give students a book of their own to take home with them.”
“Reading carries through all subjects, including math and science, so it’s really important for the students to immerse themselves in books whenever possible,” Alvarado said. “As a struggling reader myself, I firmly believe once you have a love for reading everything else falls into place, and this provides another avenue for them to grow that love of reading.”
Third-grader Gia Morron doesn’t need nudging to read. The self-proclaimed bookworm’s only issue was picking just one book. She had to weigh her options between “Malificent” and “Cinderella.”
“I think this is amazing because I love books,” Gia said. “I like to read short chapter books and also big chapter books.”
“It’s important to read because it’s super-duper fun,” Gia said. “It’s also my favorite way to fall asleep. I always read in bed.”
Fellow classmate Gael Sosa checked out a few Spiderman titles before settling on a “Guardians of the Galaxy” book.
“It’s cool we get a free book. I like reading books with a lot of action,” Gael said. “I think it’s important to read so you can be a good reader when you’re older.”
“I learned about how it sank, and how it broke in the middle of the ocean,” Gael said.
Third-grade student Behya Gamon loves reading to her 5-year-old brother Jessie.
“I love to read. I like chapter books – Junie B. Jones and ‘Babymouse,’” Behya said. “My brother likes Mickey Mouse books.”
The free books also will be available during the school’s open house on Sept. 6.
“I want the parents to be able to pick out a book with their child,” Alvarado said. “It’s a great way to learn and bond. We want them to share that love of reading together.”