Campus: CSU, Stanislaus-Stockton -- February 7, 2000

Stockton Campus Joins in Campaign to Improve Reading Skills

California State University, Stanislaus-Stockton has teamed with San Joaquin A+ in an effort to improve reading skills of all children in San Joaquin County.

San Joaquin A+ is a Stockton Business Council sub-committee that focuses on improving education. The organization's goal is for every kindergarten student to take two books home every night, but unfortunately there is a severe shortage of books available for students.

A+ has developed a partnership with area businesses for the second step of the multi-faceted campaign to collect 50,000 books by February 12. The campaign was kicked off by a 1,000-book donation by Wells Fargo Bank, 500 from Bank of Stockton, and another 2,000 purchased by San Joaquin A+.

CSU Stanislaus-Stockton has adopted three area schools in the effort to ensure kindergarten students have the opportunity to refine their skills. Cynthia Morgan, Dean of the Stockton site, and Denise Hopkins, Administrative Director of the University's Associated Students, Inc., have organized a book drive in the effort to collect books needed for the three schools adopted by the University. The books and donations will be distributed to Commodore Skills, Valenzuela, and Kohl Elementary schools in Stockton.

For more information on the book drive, contact Denise Hopkins, (209) 667-3191.

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