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A literacy lift for Lowrie's library


Volunteers with tax and audit firm deliver, read books

The library at Lowrie Primary School got a big boost Oct. 30, when volunteers from audit and tax firm KPMG LLP delivered 375 donated children’s books. The firm is supporting Lowrie as part of its nationwide Family for Literacy initiative. The program is designed to promote literacy, inclusion and respect.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Volunteers from KPMGs Families for Literacy initiative deliver 375 books to Lowrie Primary School on Oct. 30.The volunteers read some of the books to students in kindergarten through third grade, choosing books that illustrate diversity, inclusion and respect for differences.

The donated books represent 30 to 40 titles, including classics such as “Charlotte’s Web,” as well as books written in Spanish.

KPMG supports Family for Literacy in collaboration with First Book, a nonprofit that provides books to low-income children. KPMG raises money to purchase and distribute children’s books as part of the firm’s programs to support workforce readiness in local communities.

“When KPMG Portland’s Diversity and Inclusion Council was considering which school to support ... one of our employees, who knows a person at the school, suggested Lowrie,” KPMG Portland Managing Partner Rich Callahan said. “We contacted the school and learned that there was an opportunity for us to contribute.”

“This was a remarkable gift to Lowrie — their generosity of donating so many books at so many different levels was astounding,” Lowrie Principal Patrick Meigs said. “The books are already in the hands of children and making a difference in their learning.”

“One of KPMG’s core values is giving back to the communities in which we work and live,” Callahan said. “We also support diversity in the workforce and our firm devotes time and resources to promoting literacy. So this donation is a perfect fit for KPMG.”

“They donated a large number of books in Spanish and a wide range of book sets that we have placed in our leveled literacy library,” Meigs added. “The titles were varied and the quality was excellent. I am simply overwhelmed by the gift.”

“It was an amazing gift to all of our kids,” said Kimberley Rhoades, Lowrie’s library assistant. “In addition to the books for our resource library and books for our Spanish classes, there were also books for our counseling office.”

KPMG’s Family for Literacy initiative is led by the spouses of KPMG partners and employees from across the firm. The program’s network of volunteers includes partners, spouses, employees, interns, alumni and friends. To date, KPMG has delivered more than two million books to children in communities across the country. Learn more at kpmg.com.