Local schools received thousands of new books with the hope of sparking a love of reading in children.
The books were given out as part of Pi Beta Phi’s Day of Service this past weekend. Children took part in fun reading activities at the event, but also got to continue their reading adventures at home. Each child at the event chose two new books to take home.
In all, Pi Beta Phi donated 20,000 books to Bakersfield area schools to promote literacy among children in Kern County.
Local dignitaries including Mayor Karen Goh, Supervisor Leticia Perez, Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin and Sheriff Donny Youngblood were also on hand for the event.