A group of third graders got first pick of a wide array of science books at the Highland Hills Elementary School library last Thursday.
“I knew some of them would be silly,” said third grader Aria Keefauver, 8, who looked over one of the many new copies of “What Do They Do with all that Poo?” by Jane Kurtz.
An avid reader, Keefauver said she was excited about the books.
Hermiston-based Harley Swain Subaru donated the 150 books to the school, all of them science-themed, as part of a nation-wide corporate event in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Next year, customer service representative Dawn Mathis said, the car dealership hopes to bring that same amount of books to smaller schools in the county.
“Rural schools don’t always get a lot,” Mathis said.
Miranda Hunt, elementary school librarian for the Hermiston School District, said that the kids each picked out a book to take back to their third-grade classroom library. The rest, she said, will likely be catalogued into the library.
“This donation is really great, because library budgets are really small. It’s really helpful they’re willing to give to a community,” she said.