When Olga to Seattle from Guatamala two years ago she could speak no words of English.
She was placed in a school for non-English speakers and last year moved to Thurgood Marshall Elementary in south Seattle, where now, as a 5th grader, is reading at her grade level.
Next year she’ll move to middle school. “Olga did not have a magic wand. Olga did the work,” said Julie Breidenbach, principal of Thurgood Marshall.
She did have a magic wand of sorts, the Friends of The Seattle Public Library, which is partnering with B-Logistics/Thrift Recycling to donate thousands of books to local elementary schools to encourage students to read over the summer.
At Thurgood Marshall, 4,000 books were donated by B-Logistics, through the Friends. Many came from donations to PCC markets throughout the city.
“We’re so happy you can enjoy these books,” said Joan Abrevaya, with the Friends, at a special assembly at Thurgood Marshall. Students in the K-5th grade can choose five books each toward the goal of reading 10 books this summer-considered the magic number to prepare students for school next year.
The book donation began at Stanislo Elementary School in Southwest Seattle, with 3,000 books for its students. Rainier View Elementary will receive 2,000 books.
“The conditions are beyond unbelievable,” said Abrevaya, of the 9,000 books donated by B-Logistics. “They’re gorgeous.”