Every Sunny View Elementary student received a free book as part of the school’s special Book Day, held May 2.

Patterned after the previous RIF program (Reading is Fundamental), the school gave a copy of Spring According to Humphrey, about a spunky and helpful little hamster who is a classroom pet, to each student.

The entire school community (including families) met Humphrey as a part of the One School One Book program, in which they read the first book in the series, The World According to Humphrey.

Students were very excited to receive another book about Humphrey so that they can read about his continuing adventures. As a bonus, each child also received a Humphrey stuffed animal to be a reading partner – because Humphrey “loves-loves-loves” learning!

Nancy’s Books, a fund at the Polk County Community Foundation, was formed several years ago with a large donation from an anonymous donor and ensures the continuation of the program in perpetuity. Mrs. Nancy understands the value of books in the home and is delighted that the students at Sunny View School will have the opportunity to receive three high-quality reading books each year to build their personal book collections.

Pavillon International, a local community organization, also made a generous donation to the cause.

The school (and Humphrey!) would like to thank the benevolent donors for helping promote literacy in the Sunny View community.