Taylor Farms is funding implementation of the Read to Me Project in seven fourth-grade classrooms at La Gloria Elementary School, Gonzales, Calif.

Read to Me Project is a nonprofit, read-aloud program that supports literacy efforts in California’s Salinas Valley and south Monterey County.

The funding will cover materials, books and classroom and student coordination, according to a news release. The school district also supports those direct program costs.

“Gonzales Unified (School District) has been very pleased with the Read to Me Project and how it has supported our fourth grade students, their parents and their younger siblings,” district superintendent Elizabeth Modena said in the release. “We are so grateful to Bruce Taylor and Taylor Farms for supporting these efforts and our fourth-grade students. This generosity is allowing us to expand the program to our fifth-grade students at Fairview Middle School.”

“Taylor Farms believes in giving back to our communities through education,” said Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin, Taylor Farms vice president of community development. “We are proud to support literacy programs such as the Read to Me Project - the project not only enhances reading confidence, it encourages siblings to read to one another.”