Kiwanis Club celebrates Treasure Chest Literacy program milestone


On Feb. 8, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Encinitas hit a milestone by giving away the 100,000th book as a part of its Treasure Chest Literacy Program which began in 2000.

Captain Book, the Reading Pirate, who encourages children ages 3-8 to open their minds to the treasures of reading, was on hand for the celebration. Captain Book delivers free books to schools throughout San Diego County, Head Start Programs and various libraries.

At the celebration were the many people who have supported this program over the years, including County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Joe McKay of AMR (American Medical Response) who maintains the “Good Ship Literacy” Book Mobile, and a representative from the Encintas Mayor’s office. This night was a tribute to all of the many people who have contributed to this milestone.

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