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Santa Maria High School hosts weekly sidewalk book drive for students in need

Posted at 5:00 PM, Sep 03, 2020

Santa Maria High School is hosting weekly book drives for students in need.

Annie Turner, an English teacher at Santa Maria High School, started the book drive after realizing her students did not have enough books to fulfill their "free reading" book report assignment each quarter.

Students told Turner that they did not know where to get books or did not have access to books at home, according to Turner.

Turner said she hopes to promote literacy by providing students with books.

"This really gives kids a chance to read," said Turner. "By promoting literacy, we're also promoting knowledge, and that way kids have a chance to have opportunities, and through literacy – not the screen – we're hoping that kids will indeed expand their horizons."

The book drives are on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:45-2:45 p.m. in front of the bus drop-off and pick-up zone at Santa Maria High School, which is located on 901 South Broadway.

According to high school officials, community members are encouraged to donate relevant books between the fifth grade and collegiate reading levels.

"Until our students and children of Santa Maria have true equity and access to books and knowledge, grassroots efforts for positivity and literacy should continue," said Turner.

Questions about the book drive can be directed to Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Superintendent Antonio Garcia at angarcia@smjuhsd.org.