A total of 978 students in the Mount Vernon School District received 11,736 new books for summer reading.

Kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade students at Centennial, Jefferson, Lincoln, Little Mountain, Madison and Washington elementary schools received books through the Book Up Summer program, according to a news release.

A program of Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program, Book Up Summer combats summer learning loss by helping students at high-poverty elementary schools maintain their reading skills and return to school in the fall ready to learn.

Page Ahead has provided 2.7 million new books to 850,000 children in need since 1990 in Washington state. For more information, visit pageahead.org.

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