Rep. Scott Peters reads aloud at Washington Elementary in Little Italy. Courtesy Words Alive

Schoolchildren throughout San Diego County are receiving free books and enjoying read-aloud sessions this month with some of San Diego’s most prominent politicians, media personalities and other local celebrities.

It’s part of the month-long Share Your Love of Reading campaign by Words Alive, a San Diego nonprofit that provides literacy support to low-income, at-risk children, teens and families.

“At Words Alive, we engage underserved children and their families to use reading as a tool to change their lives,” said Executive Director Patrick Stewart. “Share Your Love of Reading is our way of connecting with the community to share our mouthpiece in the power and impact that reading can have in your life.”

Participants this year — the sixth annual event — include Rep. Scott Peters, City Councilmember Georgette Gómez, City Attorney Mara Elliott, KUSI News Anchor Sasha Foo, and San Diego Gulls staff members Melissa Werman and Justin Sawyer.

“Reading opens up new information and experiences, whether readers dive into a subject to gain knowledge, or dive into fiction to escape to other worlds,” Peters said. “I’m proud to support this program that is empowering our community.”

The public is also invited to support Words Alive by making a donation and taking a #shelfie of yourself with books and sharing  on Facebook with @WordsAlive or on Twitter and Instagram with @WordsAliveSD.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.