A local women’s book club—named the Ladies of the Club after the novel by Helen Hooven Santmyer—had looked for a way to celebrate 30 years of sharing books together.
After learning how few books in Spanish were available for children in Bellevue’s Spanish dual-language elementary schools, the Ladies of the Club decided to honor their history by sharing their love of reading with our students. Together, they donated more than $10,000 to purchase books for school libraries at Ardmore Elementary, Lake Hills Elementary, and Sherwood Forest Elementary.
On their visit to Lake Hills, first graders led the bibliophiles on a tour of the library and showed them their impact in action, reading books in Spanish together.
Librarian Elizabeth Roberts said, “When I first got here, the kids had read all the Spanish books already…Now they’re like discovering new things and exploring and they love reading.”
The Foundation extends its sincere thanks to all the women in Ladies of the Club for sharing their love of books with children in need of them. At the start of the year, only 10% of Lake Hills’ library books were in Spanish, while nearly half of Lake Hills’ students are in the Spanish dual-language program. This gift goes a long way to helping students in the program engage in both languages.