Books donated to LaBrae school

LEAVITTSBURG — Students in grades kindergarten to second at Bascom Elementary School will have more to read as Tata Steel donated 1,000 new hardcover books to the school as part of a partnership with First Book.

An assembly was held recently at the school where Sarah Mihalecz from Tata Sons and executives from Tata-Thomas Steel Strip made the donation to Principal Maggie Kowach as part of an effort to promote literacy.

Kowach said volunteers came to the school to read to the students in their classrooms. Students then got to take home four to five books to keep as their own.

“These may be the first hardback books that some of our students have ever owned. We serve a student population where 78 percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunches. Having professionals from our community come to our school, read to our students, and give them quality books not only promotes literacy, but makes them feel valued and important,” Kowach said.

First Book is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 that transforms the lives of children in need by creating equal access to quality education, high-quality books and educational resources, according to its website.

In addition, a $500 gift credit to the First Book Marketplace was used to buy classroom sets of whiteboards and dry erase markers, glue sticks, scissors and physical education equipment for the students at Bascom.

Tata Steel is a steel manufacturer and supplier of steel products.