Santa Clarita Nonprofit ‘Code Read’ will hold a free book fair


This week, the Santa Clarita nonprofit “Code Read” is set to host a free book fair for low-income college students at Palmdale Learning Plaza.

On April 26, a free book fair designed for low-income readers will be hosted by the Santa Clarita Nonprofit Code Read at Palmdale Learning Plaza.

“Everyone deserves their own books at home, books they love and are passionate about reading,” said Mackenzie Krestul, founder of Code Read. “It’s especially important for children, not only because having books improves literacy levels and academic achievement, but also because it’s important to have a creative outlet and a safe place. to imagine.”

Krestul, a senior student and graduate of Canyon High School, started the nonprofit, which has 501(c)3 status, in 2016 with the support of her siblings Jordan, a junior at UCLA, and Madelyn, an eighth grader at Sierra Vista Junior High.

“Founded in May 2016, Code Read is a response to the disparity between literacy levels in low-income and high-income communities,” Code Read officials say. “This gap is largely due to a lack of home reading resources, a problem Code Read hopes to address.”

Krestul and his non-profit organization managed to surpass 35,000 new books donated to Code Read.

The nonprofit Santa Clarita has received grants from organizations including the Nora Roberts Foundation, Walmart Foundation, Los Angeles Clippers, International Paper Company, Karma for Cara, and The Water Buffalo Club.

“In addition to supporting young people in Title 1 elementary schools, Code Read also partners with Los Angeles Family Housing, the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, the Children’s Bureau, and Head Start,” say the officials of Code Read.

The Code Read website describes access to education as a basic human right, adding that it both reduces poverty and child labor and provides the tools needed to succeed in life.

To learn how to support the work of Code Read, click here.

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