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Masons of California make donation to improve child literacy

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Masons of California gave $161,000 to a literacy program whose goal is have children reading by the third grade.

The money will fund the Raising A Reader Literacy Partnership at Central, Joyner, Rowan, and Cherokee Point elementary schools.

The worldwide fraternal organization, which counts more than 60,000 members statewide, donated the money as part of its annual Public Schools Month, during which $750,000 will be given to California schools.

"The way we're supporting it here in San Diego is by funding the Raise-a-Reader program at four schools here in City Heights. Raise-a-Reader gives us the names of the schools that are eligible based on needs of the children, then state test scores, the socio-economic backgrounds…things like that," Taft Middle School principal Mike George said.

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