The Boise Southwest Rotary Club donated $500 for reading materials, and the Idaho Commission for Libraries donated 200 new books to the community center, which Boise Parks and Recreation operates in partnership with the Boise School District.
Attached to Morley Nelson Elementary School at 7701 W. Northview St., the community center provides free after-school and drop-in summer programs for about 80 low-income children per day in grades 1-12.
According to a Parks and Recreation news release, the school librarian helped choose books and magazines “to enhance the school curriculum and provide the children with age-appropriate, engaging materials for use during homework sessions, reading clubs and free time.”
According to the release, 85% of Morley Nelson students qualify for free or reduced lunch. “Morley Nelson Elementary School has one of Boise’s most diverse populations with 630 students and a highly mobile population including more than 100 English Language Learners made up of refugee and immigrant children. Over 20 languages are represented at the school.”
During the school year, the books can be used during homework sessions and free time. Morley Nelson also partners with the local library on reading clubs and promotions.