February 18, 2000
The Rotary Club of Long Beach recently presented 5,400 books to four elementary schools in the Long Beach Unified School District. The donation, valued at $17,600, is the largest donation of new books ever made to the school district by a local service club.
Students from Edison, Hudson, International and Roosevelt elementary schools were on hand to receive the generous gift. The books are to be evenly divided among the four school libraries.
The Rotary Club contributed $8,000 to the effort which was supplemented by another $800 from local newspaper readers. That sum was matched by an in-kind donation of books from Scholastic, Inc.