Local groups donate over 6,000 books to youngsters for summer reading

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EUGENE, Ore. -- The school year is almost over for students in Lane County and, while many are looking forward to getting a break from the classroom, three local organizations are making sure those students are staying up on their reading this summer.

The United Way of Lane County, the Early Learning Alliance and Connected Lane County have all partnered up to collect over 6,000 books to distribute to eight schools in the area.

Kindergartners and first and second graders at Guy Lee Elementary School in Springfield were the first group to choose from the large stack of books.

"I'm trying to find action books," said Guy Lee second grader Lena, "because I like doing action things and I want to do action things when I grow up."

"I like books that are kind of like this book because they look really cool to me," explained second grader Charlie.

Local kids from kindergarten through second grade will each get six books before summer.

Guy Lee Elementary Principal Amber Mitchell says the goal of Bookfest is to prevent a summer slide.

That's when students don't read as much because they don't have books of their own.

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