What could be better than sitting in the sun with free juice and cookies?
If Wednesday morning you'd put that question to the children who attend McKinley Elementary School in El Centro, they would have answered "sitting in the sun with free juice and cookies — and a free book."
Thanks to the efforts of the Reading is Fundamental literacy program and a generous financial gift from General Dynamics Land Systems-Imperial Valley Operations, all 480 McKinley students had the chance Wednesday to choose a book from a large selection spread out on tables in the school cafeteria. General Dynamics also provided the students with juice and cookies.
"I like it that I get to keep this book and take it home," was the smiling comment from 5-year-old kindergartner Anna Rodriguez as she stood in line, waiting to select one of the large kid-size cookies offered. Anna had chosen a book from the ever-popular Clifford series by children's author Norman Bridwell.