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3rd Grade Book Drive donates over 2,200 Books!
The generosity and volunteer spirit of our third graders is having a huge impact on the fight against illiteracy in the area. Students cleaned out their bookshelves of books they've outgrown or finished reading, and donated them to a non-profit group called Promising Pages. The group provides books to local at-risk children who may only have a few, if any books at home. In just over a week, the third grade collected more than 2,200 books, rivaling what Promising Pages collected in May during an area-wide "Books and Basics" drive with Classroom Central.
On Friday, June 3rd, students presented Promising Pages Executive Director, Kristina Cruise and their mascot, "Erma the Book Worma", with the books. The students also took part in a Wrapping Party where the books were sorted into age-appropriate categories, cleaned, wrapped and labeled. The books need to be wrapped because they are given as "presents" to children through various social service agencies. There is a big difference to a child between a present and a hand-me-down. "Presents facilitate self-esteem and hopefully a life-long love of reading," said Cruise.
"I was blown away when I heard the final tally", said Cruise, "2,239! We don't (often) see that number....There are tens of thousands of kids growing up in our metropolitan area without books at home. We are so thankful for the partnership with Antioch Elementary."
Mrs. Nance's class collected the most books with 590 books ranging from baby to high-school aged books. The top three contributors to the campaign were Maddie Weissert, Tommy Haimer, and John D'Amico. These students all contributed 100 or more books to this excellent mission that helps others who are less fortunate than themselves when it comes to access to books.
"I didn't know what to expect when I started this fundraiser, but it was met with such enthusiasm. I was blown away by how many books we collected. The book drive was a huge success!" Ms. Bruch said.
Written by: Kristee Bruch, third grade teacher
Posted: Jun 07, 2011 by Kathy Gwinn