In recognition of National Book Month last month, students at the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Venice collected more than 210 books to benefit the nonprofit organization, Access Books.

Founded in 1958, Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program with 26,000 centers in 46 countries and more than four million students participating worldwide. The books collected from the Venice chapter at 2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd. were donated to Access Books, which provides books to some of Southern California’s most impoverished school libraries.

“At Kumon we believe access to and a love of books is critical,” said Andrew Mitchell, director of the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Venice. “My Kumon students demonstrated a commitment to their community by sharing the gift of reading with children who do not have daily access to books.”

For more information about the book drive and to learn more about Kumon, (310) 736-6575, or