SANTA FE SPRINGS Judging by the and aahsfrom Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School students, one might have thought they were being showered with candy or toys.The students instead were reveling in thousands of books that were donated to the school by BookEnds, a nonprofit Los Angeles group that recycles children’s books.From Curious Georgeto Miss Nelson Is Missingto The Little Engine That Could,it was like Christmas this past Wednesday morning as students dived into a pile of dozens of books laid out on a table by Principal Jonathan Vasquez.Look at that huge pile of books,first-grade teacher Claudia Gonzalez said as the students claimed their favorite titles. And look at how excited you guys are! It was the second donation to the school by BookEnds. It was coordinated with help from Santa Fe Springs Library literacy specialist Jerry Edwards, a BookEnds board member.BookEnds matches up schools willing to hold book drives with organizations and schools that need extra books, Edwards said.In many of the recipient schools, the ratio of books to students is 3 to 1, officials said. Nationally, the average is 22 to 1.In Rancho Santa Gertrudes’ case, its donor school was a Pacific Palisades campus that only has about 100 students but managed to collect more than 2,000 books.The donated books will go toward building up Rancho’s classroom libraries.We’re very fortunate that our partnership with Santa Fe Springs is very strong,Vasquez said. Jerry has his tutors working here, and we’re fortunate to have somone like him to help us and keep Rancho in mind for these kinds of programs. Edwards said BookEnds is looking for more donor schools to hold book drives.When the kids get the books, it’s like candy,Edwards said. Many people think they won’t be excited about the books, but they love it. They really do. For more information on BookEnds, call (562) [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!