Sunday, September 26, 2010 Turlock children receive free books

TURLOCK -- Gavin Garner is only 2½ years old, but when his book arrives each month, he eagerly picks out each letter of his name on the cover -- "G-A-V-I-N."

Gavin participates in the ABC Project, a free program that sends books to any Turlock resident younger than 5.

"If I got enough money, I'd love to open it up to any child in Stanislaus County," said director Susan Neufeld, an education professor at California State University, Stanislaus. As it is, money coming in from Arnold has her planning to expand the program into that area early next year.

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