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When Kiwanis wins, children win

Feb 20, 2014
Children and adults relax in the new Scholastic Reading Oasis at the W. Verne McKinney Elementary School of Hillsboro, Oregon.

It took Kiwanian Elizabeth Adams only a moment to sign up, but her decision to enter Scholastic’s “Reading Oasis” give-away means countless hours of fun for elementary students in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Adams noticed Scholastic’s booth at the 2013 Kiwanis International convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, this past June, and she thought a Reading Oasis would be great to have in one of her community’s schools. She took a chance on the drawing. And she won.

So, through Scholastic and her Hillsboro Kiwanis Club, children at the W. Verne McKinney Elementary School are loving a US$10,000 Reading Oasis, complete with bookshelves holding 1,200 new books, bean bag chairs, a cushioned bench, a story rug and a CD player with headphones for audiobook listening. Scholastic is a Kiwanis International Promotional Partner.

“This was a great gift to give,” says Adams, who is president of the Hillsboro Kiwanis Club. “Literacy and books are critical to our holding together as a society and as a community. I was elated to see that a local school would receive such a gift.” — Karen Pyle Trent

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