About 85 kindergartners, first graders and second graders from Madison Elementary School received a gift Wednesday that will help them keep learning over the summer.

Thanks to the Page Ahead organization, each student got to choose 12 new books to take home for the summer.

“There are so many choices that every child is going to find the book that is just right for them,” said Jacki Crowther, book program manager for the Seattle-based organization.

To prevent summer learning loss, the organization delivers books to low-income schools across the state, Crowther said.

“We are into prevention,” she said. “We want to catch them before third grade.”

Because Madison Elementary students participate in the district’s dual-language program, students picked six books in English and six in Spanish.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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