Boxes filled with free books were delivered to Harlingen CISD schools in November.
The books were donated to students by The Molina Foundation, a California-based non-profit organization focused on “reducing disparities in access to education and health,” according to its website.
HCISD received 10,800 books, which were shipped to schools in mid-November.
The free books were provided as part of a grant by the foundation, which has supplied more than 5.5 million books to schools and organizations across the country.
“Being surrounded by books and a culture of reading make a significant difference. Research suggests a child who hails from a home with 25 books will, on average, complete two more years of school than would a child from a home without any books at all,” according to The Molina Foundation’s website.