GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A local group is trying to get more library cards in the hands of District 51 first graders.
Horizon Sunrise Rotary International says a record number of first graders have signed up for library cards in Mesa County.
Not only does the group pass out the card applications to schools, but they also foot the bill for field trips to the library.
The program started in 2015 with over 800 students, and now 1,218 students have signed up for library cards.
“It is kind of surprising how many kids don’t have library cards, for whatever reason. But we are here to remind everyone that hey, this is a great opportunity for parents to get them exposed to more literature and resources, and also to support their children and their teachers with their academics," said Interim Head of Youth Services, Diana LaCount.
Mesa County Libraries says that 43 percent of the students use their library cards, with over 24,000 checkouts in the last three years.