June 12, 2008 · Updated 8:58 AM
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Eastern Star is an organization that does community service as well as charity work throughout the entire world, Gross said.
Gross, who volunteers at Sunnyslope Elementary, wanted to do something for students from kindergarten to sixth grade.
For the last year, the group has been collecting the books, and brought all 340 to the school Friday morning.
The students are big readers, Principal Bob Leslie said at the assembly, as evidenced by a just-completed reading campaign.
The Masonic Lodge donated two bicycles, and students who read for the last two months entered to win those bicycles.
Leslie said the books will go into individual classroom libraries and the schools general library.
Its just a great donation, he said, a gift that goes on giving for a long time.
The Eastern Star is a branch of the Masonic Lodge and does philanthropic work locally and abroad. Gross said the Port Orchard branch has been in the community 111 years.
Visit www.po-masonicfamily.org for more information on the Masonic Lodge and the Port Orchard Branch of the Eastern Star.