Sandy woman gives gift of STEM books for holidays
The Sandy Public Library gained four new children's books on Dec. 12, all geared toward STEM education. Responsible for the donation was Sandy resident Sami Stoecker. Stoecker is a Subaru ambassador, and the books were provided through Subaru's "Subaru Loves Learning" initiative.
Though her donation acts as positive PR for Subaru, to Stoecker, offering more reading options for local children is more personal than just business.
"I grew up in Boring and there wasn't a library out there, so my mom would bring me to Sandy," Stoecker said. "Just coming (to the library) as a kid, books were so important. I wanted to nominate Sandy because it would give kids better opportunities to reach these books."
Besides voluntarily promoting Subaru, Stoecker also works as a tutor for elementary-age children. Education and reading play major parts in her life.
"Reading's been a huge staple in my life," she said. "The library was a huge part of my childhood."
During the past four years, Subaru has gifted more than 277,600 books to various schools and libraries.
The four books donated to the Sandy Library cover scientific topics, such as light waves, in a kid-appealing way. "These are fun books for kids with really vivid illustrations, but they're also really educational," Stoecker said.
The books from Stoecker will soon be cataloged and available for checkout at the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd.
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