The "Reading is The Way Up" program from City National Bank has found its way to six schools in the San Diego Unified School District, meaning teachers in those schools will be buying new books from Barnes and Noble.
Schools receiving the grants are: Adams, Curie, Doyle, Spreckels and
Walker elementary schools, Correia and Standley middle schools, and
University City High School.
The book donations were the result of a Holiday Book Drive last
December at Barnes & Noble, the world's largest book seller, in
partnership with Reading is The way up at City National.
Schools had a variety of ways of celebrating the award. At Walker
Elementary in Mira Mesa, students thanked Carolyn Rodriguez, Barnes
& Noble vice president, and Christian Weissman, City National vice
president, when they visited the school. Principal Rochelle Dawes
estimates each teacher will have about $157 to spend on books as a
result of the grant.
Customers at 15 Barnes & Noble stores in four states donated
nearly 16,000 new books and City National matched this donation with
$50,000 for the additional 16,000 new books to be purchased through
Barnes & Noble by the school librarians at each of the 28 schools
"Barnes & Noble is a great community partner that City
National enjoys teaming up with during the holidays to promote the
importance of literacy and education," said Carolyn Rodriguez, vice
president and program administrator for City National Bank. "Literacy is
one of the best gifts you can give a child, and through City National's
literacy program we have now donated more than 115,000 new books to
school libraries in California, Nevada, New York and Nashville since the
inception of this program in 2002."
The City National and Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive ran
from December 1 through January 1 and included 15 stores in the four
states where the bank has a presence. City National and Barnes &
Noble representatives are presenting the book and monetary donations to
school administrators and students at school assemblies in the four
states. The bank's literacy mascot "Blue" is also taking part in these
"We are very excited and appreciative of this generous donation
from City National Bank and Barnes & Noble," said Courtney Haley,
librarian of Tusculum Elementary School in Nashville. "This is a great
example of a community partnership that's helping schools and children.
We applaud City National and Barnes & Noble for taking a lead role
in this wonderful community endeavor."