Low-income O.C. kids get service lesson, free books


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Scott Martindale / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/ December 2, 2011

Thirteen high-poverty elementary schools participate in the annual Spirit of Giving service-learning project.

Though they may come from disadvantaged backgrounds, these kids are being taught to give back.
For the 11th consecutive year, about 1,750 first-graders at 13 high-poverty Orange County elementary schools received a lesson in service-learning Friday during the annual Spirit of Giving program sponsored by OneOC, formerly the Volunteer Center Orange County.

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First grade students listened as Bryon Anderson from UPS, read Friday morning in Mrs.Jeanine Kistner's class at Peters Elementary School in Garden Grove, as part of the Spirit of Giving experience organized by OneOC.
Volunteers visited dozens of first-grade classrooms Friday to read Cheri J. Meiners' "Reach Out and Give," a book intended to inspire youth to perform acts of kindness and service in their communities.

As part of the program, each first-grader also received two service-oriented books to take home.
The participating schools were:
Anaheim: Jefferson Elementary
Garden Grove: Woodbury Elementary, Iva Meairs Elementary, Peters Elementary
Huntington Beach: Oak View Elementary
Orange: Esplanade Elementary
Placentia: Melrose Elementary, Tynes Elementary (participated Thursday)
Santa Ana: Davis Elementary, Fairhaven Elementary, Hoover Elementary, Remington Elementary
Westminster: Finley Elementary
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