Mesa Arts Center program donates books, promotes arts and literacy

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Kindergarten students at Lowell Elementary received the gift of reading this morning as part of a city effort to promote literacy and arts.

The Mesa Arts Center's Literacy through the Arts outreach program delivered a copy of "The Gruffalo's Child" to each kindergartner at the school at an assembly this morning. The program partnered with the Kids Need to Read Foundation to make the donation possible, and the children will get to attend a live performance of the story at the Mesa Arts Center tomorrow.

"You know how hard it is sometimes to keep kids interested in school, or keep them interested in a subject matter," Casey Blake of the Mesa Arts Center said. "Sometimes the arts can be that tool that just takes that learning a little deeper."

The Literacy rough the Arts programs integrates theater and language arts into the classroom to engage students in storytelling, creative movement, collaboration conversations and independent exploration.

The Mesa Arts Center's Literacy through the Arts program works with schools throughout the Valley. For more information or to check out their programs, visit