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A KPMG volunteer reads to youngsters at Farmdale Elementary School in El Sereno.

Books, books and more books recently found their way to two schools in Local District East, where students, families, educators and public officials celebrated the joy and opportunities offered by reading.

Los Angeles-based accounting firm KMPG donated 10,000 books to Farmdale Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate campus that is also home to a Spanish dual-language immersion program.

“At L.A. Unified, every child discovers their ability to read and the gift that reading brings to our lives,” School Board Member Mónica García said at an assembly to mark the book donation.

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Retired Congressman Esteban Torres, left, and friend Walter Aguilera look over the 54-volume ‘Great Books of the Western World.’

That event was followed by another celebration at Esteban Torres High School, where the former congressman and campus’ namesake was a special guest as the 54-volume “Great Books of the Western World” was donated to the library.

“We really believe at LAUSD that reading is the world,” said Local District East Superintendent Jose Huerta. “It opens the minds and the imagination and it does wondrous things for our students.”


Click here to watch a KLCS-TV video of the two donation events.