By Cecilia Daly

St. Dominic Catholic Church has donated 65 new books to second grade students at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School.  The books cover a wide range of topics, including rain forests, sports and geology, as well as biographies of famous Americans including George Washington, Coretta Scott King and Frederick Douglass.

The purpose of the program is to help families build home libraries and encourage children to read over the summer break.

“We’ve been looking for new programs to help young people in the Southwest realize their potential,” said St. Dominic Pastor George Schommer.  “Some of the teachers in the parish suggested giving books to children as a way to encourage literacy and good reading habits.”

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