Deva MacLean, 6, a first-grader at Washburn Elementary School in Auburn, gets excited about a book at the school’s annual book giveaway. She got first pick, along with three students from each class who won their May read-athon contest. Over 5,000 books were given away to help families grow their home libraries, which studies have proved work as good as sending children to summer school.

Layla Poirier, 5, a kindergartner at Washburn Elementary School in Auburn, is excited about a book she was considering choosing as her little sister, Madilyn, 4, left, peeks over the top of a stack. Layla got first pick, along with three students from each class who won their May read-athon contest. Over 5,000 books were given away to help families grow their home libraries, which studies have proved work as good as sending children to summer school.


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