Five schools in the Imperial Valley recently earned $5,000 each as part of the Governor's Reading Award Program.
The schools are Pine School in the Holtville Unified School District, Mulberry Elementary School near Brawley, Westmorland School and Wilson Junior High and McKinley Elementary in the El Centro Elementary School District.
Students from kindergarten through eighth grade, in competition with other schools in similar socioeconomic circumstances, are eligible to earn $5,000 for their school by reading the greatest number of pages in their category. Students from 54 participating counties in the last year read a total of 1,081,276,410 pages.
Cathy Denton, principal at Pine School, said: "Many of the students have told me that they are planning on reading even more pages this year. Pine's success is also due to the dedication and encouragement of all our teachers who have supported this reading contest as one of the many ways in which students can improve reading skills."