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Book project brings magic of reading to Ontario elementary classroom

Dalia Ontiveros reads to her first-grade class at May Roberts School. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

ONTARIO – An area elementary school teacher has dedicated herself to increasing literacy among low-income children in Malheur County.

How? By getting books into their hands.

Dalia Ontiveros, a first-grade teacher at May Roberts Elementary School in Ontario, said she has a variety of books in her classroom, and her goal is to instill the joy of reading in her 22 students. 

“I don’t know how many books I have in my classroom. I just give the books away to the kids…when I can,” Ontiveros said. 

“On a yearly basis, I just go through my books and pick out books and send them home with the kids,” she said. 

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