LAUSD Elementary Schools to Receive 4,000 New Books

City National Bank's Reading Is The Way Up(r) program will provide 4,000 new books to four public elementary schools in Los Angeles during February. The bank will host a special event on Feb. 5 at Hancock Park Elementary School to present 1,000 new books to students and teachers for the school library.

Kindergarten students, as well as City National and Barnes & Noble representatives will be at the book donation event on Feb. 5, along with City Councilman Tom LaBonge. Children in attendance at the event will all receive a new hardback book to take home. "Information is knowledge and knowledge is power," said Councilmember Tom LaBonge, whose district includes both Hancock Park and Third Street elementary schools. "I'm proud to support City National Bank's "Reading is the Way Up" program because it puts information in the hands of some of our most important citizens: elementary school children."

The books were made possible through a grant from City National Bank, which matched the 2,000 books donated by customers of Barnes & Noble at The Grove, as part of a holiday book drive sponsored by the bank. Other schools that will receive 1,000 new books include Rosewood Avenue Elementary School, Third Street Elementary School and Melrose Avenue Elementary School.