Chesterton Elementary School was selected from schools nationwide to receive the first ever We Give Books school makeover sponsored by the Pearson Foundation. The Pearson Foundation is an independent 501c3 non-profit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning and great teaching. The We Give Books literacy program also provides free hardcover and paperback books to children served by schools and non-profit community organizations through online reading campaigns at www.wegivebooks.org.
On Tuesday, January 3, after the more than 200 Pearson volunteers from around the country were greeted by principal Mr. Delute and Captain Scott Adams, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Point Loma, and treated to a performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard, the volunteers spent the day at Chesterton providing new learning materials, cleaning the school grounds inside and outside, refreshing classrooms, painting murals and working with students and teachers on academic projects. In addition, volunteers prepared care packages containing books and essential supplies for families in need.
In addition the school received a brand new We Give Books library. Parents and teachers received complimentary We Give Books online reading activation kits with step-by-step instructions for activating the program's growing library of free high-quality digital children's books.