Goodwill program lets Fruit Valley kids choose free books

first_imgPoverty in Vancouver district elementary schoolsWashington, 91.7 percent.Martin Luther King, 90.6 percent.Fruit Valley, 89.8 percent.Goodwill’s Book of My Own programo What: Donates books to low-income children through Clark County schools and nonprofit agencies.o Phone: 503-238-6139.Wearing a pink Hello Kitty T-shirt, Winter Quenelle, 7, grips a pen and carefully writes her name on the title page of her new book, “Disney’s The Jungle Book.” Then, she circles the tables in the Fruit Valley Community Learning Center’s cafeteria.The tables are laden with books, and she can pick one more of her own. Decisions, decisions.Every student in the low-income school had an opportunity to choose two free books to keep Friday, thanks to Goodwill’s Book of My Own summer learning book give away. At Fruit Valley, 89.8 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.Goodwill employees brought 549 books for the 240 students. The books that were not chosen were donated to the school’s library, said Dale Emanuel of Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette.Goodwill training participants process and sort the books. Other employees contact principals in lower-income schools to ask if they can donate books for students to take home. Since the program began in 2007, Goodwill has donated more than 12,300 books to low-income schools and other agencies serving children in Clark County.last_img read more