OAKLAND -- The Rotary Club of Oakland delivered hundreds of books on Tuesday to transitional kindergarten classes in Oakland Unified schools, serving more than 200 children.

"We realized that it's a new grade level and that the earlier you start with literacy the better," said club member Sue Piper. "You can also wrap your arms around it because there are 10 classrooms as opposed to all the schools in Oakland."

Schools with transitional kindergarten classes include Allendale, La Escuelita and Emerson Elementary schools. Each class will receive about 30 books.

Last year, the club adopted 10 schools to support the success of the transitional kindergartners -- children who do not meet the September birthday cutoff to start kindergarten and must wait until the next school year to enroll.

The club already donated bookcases, books, toys and money for supplies to each transitional kindergarten classroom and teacher, said Krishen Arvind Laetsch, chair of the club's Youth and Education Support Committee.

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