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DECEMBER 7, 2012

Santa Ana first-graders learn the value of giving

Volunteers spread a love of reading and an ethic of volunteerism in young students in Santa Ana and across Orange County.

 
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By RON GONZALES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – Twenty years from now, they might volunteer as the soccer coaches and PTA moms of Orange County.
On Friday morning, first-graders at Remington Elementary School learned about giving back to their neighborhood, community and school.

First-graders at Remington Elementary School in Santa Ana learned about giving back to their neighborhood, community and school. They did so through Spirit of Giving, organized by OneOC, which for more than a decade has sent volunteers to schools in low-income communities to inspire a love of reading and an ethic of volunteerism in young students.

Volunteers like Dianna Landucci, right, of Target, took part.  Like volunteers at other schools across Orange County, she read to them "Reach Out and Give," by Cheri J. Meiners, which focuses on giving and gratitude.  More than 1,000 first-graders at the 10 schools also got a free copy of "The Berenstain Bears Lend a Helping Hand," by Stan and Jan Berenstain.