Lane County program provides free books to 3,000 K-2 students

Students picking out books at BookFest

As students throughout Lane County wrap up their school year and head into summer, a community-wide book gifting program has made sure nearly 3,000 elementary students have brand new books to read over the break.

BookFest was started six years ago by Connected Lane County and United Way with the aim of keeping kids inspired to read and preventing what’s called the “summer slide.” That’s when students lose important reading skills they’d gained during the school year.

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