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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Trinity Selah, center, reacts as she, Rama Alzahrani, left, Epeneto Samuel, center right and Angel Trinidad choose a book of their own during a give-away at Bennion Elementary School in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 7, 2017. A total of 3,600 new children’s books — enough to fill a library shelf nearly 150 feet long — were given away by the Molina Foundation as part of its 2017 Share-a-Story Campaign, a national initiative taking place this spring to highlight the importance of storytelling and book reading for children of all linguistic, cultural and economic backgrounds. The books, which cover a range of learning levels from preschool to middle school, will give the students a chance to read independently during the upcoming spring break. In addition to the giveaway, the foundation organized various literacy games and reading sessions for the students. The Molina Foundation, based in Long Beach, California, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of reducing disparities in access to education and health. The foundation organized the event in partnership with the Salt Lake City School District, the Salt Lake Education Foundation and Molina Healthcare of Utah.

Trinity Selah, center, reacts as she, Rama Alzahrani, left, Epeneto Samuel, center right, and Angel Trinidad choose a book of their own during a giveaway at Bennion Elementary School in Salt Lake City on Friday. A total of 3,600 new children’s books — enough to fill a library shelf nearly 150 feet long — were given away by the Molina Foundation as part of its 2017 Share-a-Story Campaign, a national initiative taking place this spring to highlight the importance of storytelling and book reading for children of all linguistic, cultural and economic backgrounds. The books, which cover a range of learning levels from preschool to middle school, give the students a chance to read independently during the upcoming spring break. In addition to the giveaway, the foundation organized various literacy games and reading sessions for the students. The Molina Foundation, based in Long Beach, California, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of reducing disparities in access to education and health. The foundation organized the event in partnership with the Salt Lake City School District, Salt Lake Education Foundation and Molina Healthcare of Utah.