Research is clear. If we want boys and girls to be better readers GIVE THEM BOOKS they can OWN. I set about this year to work on a project of simply buying books and donating to area students. So far this year I have given 1,400 hundred books to students. Many thanks to the kind security officer who helped haul the 228 books that went to West End Elementary's 5th graders last Friday. He was a gracious and grateful gentleman.