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Rock Springs Elementary hosts book giveaway

From left: Simona Valanciute, San Diego Oasis; Svetlana Larkin, The Charitable Foundation; Sara Vaz, Nordson Corporation Foundation; John Dunnicliff, San Diego Oasis; Students: 4th graders: from left: Josaiah Washington, Samuel Larios, Aiden Camacho, Jayda Vergara, Alonso, Rosales, John Prieto, Miguel Rosales, Jacob Isom.

Who doesn’t love to pick out a new book?  Rock Springs Elementary School in Escondido hosted its first annual Oasis Tutoring Book Giveaway and each student got to choose three books to keep. 

For almost 30 years, San Diego Oasis has trained older adults to serve as one-on-one tutors for elementary school children who are struggling with reading. 

“The connection the tutor makes with their student is so beneficial,” explained Principal Elizabeth Ramirez, “Having a person who comes each week just to spend time reading with them is life-changing. We all hope that every child has someone to help them at home, but unfortunately that’s not always true. With the help of Oasis tutors, teachers can select those students who really need this personal connection. Human connection is a very powerful way to unlock academic potential.”

The goal of the book giveaway event is to prevent the loss of reading skills that often occurs over summer vacation and disproportionally affects lower income children. By the end of this school year, Oasis tutors will give away more than 3,000 books. This is part of the San Diego Oasis Intergenerational Literacy Tutoring Program in partnership with the Escondido Union School District.

“We are very grateful for the support that we received from the Escondido Union School District and generous donors to provide books to young students who may not own very many books. Hosting this Book Fair as part of our Tutoring Program encourages each child to continue reading outside of the classroom and to develop a love of books,” said Simona Valanciute, president and CEO of San Diego Oasis.  “Our goal is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to read at or above grade level and is encouraged to participate in the classroom.”

The school expressed special thanks to Rock Springs Elementary, Nordson Corporation Foundation, The Charitable Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Foundation.

Escondido Union School District serves more than 15,300 students in preschool through 8th grade at 23 campuses in the City of Escondido. In partnership with children, employees, parents, and community members, EUSD is committed to actualizing the unlimited potential of every learner through high-quality rigorous instruction, a safe and secure environment, fiscal responsibility, and a collaborative and diverse culture that promotes creativity, responsibility, and trust among all stakeholders. 

San Diego Oasis is a nonprofit organization serving people 50 and over by offering over 2,400 lifelong learning and healthy living classes and volunteer community service opportunities.  Oasis is committed to helping older adult address the challenges of isolation and sedentary behaviors by providing socialization and active engagement.


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