The Grinch that stole into La Verne

The Grinch read to children and adults last week at the University of La Verne Literacy Center as part of a three-day book fair. Or, as a university press release describes the day in verse:


On a wintry day in the late afternoon

A host of young tykes gathered up in a room.

Their parents were there, joining in on the fun

All watching and waiting for the one yet to come.

They sat and they hoped barely moving an inch

Looking up and around for to glimpse Mister Grinch.

And when he arrived, they clapped and they smiled

As he read and he spoke to each eager young child.

At the end, all were happy, both the young and the old

Having sipped the hot cocoa, meant to battle the cold

The book fair raised funds to help tutor and mentor

Local kids who rely on the Literacy Center.

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  • Janie E. Stahly / Literacy Center Coordinator /


    Thank you so much for running this event in your column. We all had a wonderful time and raised (either) $891 in cash or $2,400 in Scholastic dollars to be spent on books and/or scholastic classroom materials. We still need to decide which would best serve the Literacy Center at this time.

    We intend to make this an annual event and we would love to work with you again next year.