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Value of Reading Stressed With Personalized Books

DPR Construction, the San Diego Police Department and McGruff, “The Crime Dog,” recently distributed more than 200 books to 12 kindergarten classrooms at Hamilton Elementary School.

Other sponsors included Washington Mutual Bank, Personalized Books R Us, Hamilton Elementary’s PTA, Murphy’s Market and the Pancheri Family.

The books were delivered as part of DPR Construction’s community outreach program. Last year, the company joined Personalized Books R Us in donating more than 150 books to Miramar Elementary School.

“We are always actively looking for opportunities that benefit the San Diego community,” said Jay Leopold of DPR. “Our company’s philosophy is to maintain a strong role in our local neighborhoods, and to us, aiding the children of Hamilton Elementary, was simply the neighborly thing to do.”

The McGruff crime fighting and safety books were personalized for students by adding their names to each page and having their community, age and friend’s names throughout the book.

“As a public school with limited funding, we are always appreciative of the efforts of the businesses and individuals in our community,” said Carrie Perry, the principal of Hamilton Elementary. “DPR, Washington Mutual, Personalized Books R US, the PTA, Murphy’s Market and the Pancheri family have all made a wonderful contribution in helping the children understand the value of reading.”

DPR also participates annually in Rebuilding Together, formerly known as Christmas in April, and in Toys for Tots.

The company also recently donated construction materials for the renovation of a senior citizens center house in Linda Vista, along with sponsoring UCSD Cancer Center’s Luau & Longboard Invitational, the MS Walk and various local little league baseball teams.

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