A Senior Capstone group is looking to make a difference in the lives of younger students by organizing a book and bookshelf drive.
The Capstone group of Cheyenne Collins, Luis Estrada, Karah Jackson, Carissa Myers and Alexis Peters are holding the drive from October 16 - 26. Items collected will be given to the El Puente Learning Center in Dayton.
"I was there for my junior year of service," Myers shared. "I fell in love with the kids and I saw that their books were falling apart. They also didn't have many books they could read at their level, or book shelves to put the books on."
Peters agreed, "I like working with kids and education is important. Also, since my mom is Hispanic, I have a deep connection to this topic."
"I'm passionate about education and everyone having equal education," Collins added. "I hope to travel the world and help children in need when I'm older."
The seniors are asking for extra bookshelves and books to be brought to CJ. Parents are also encouraged to contribute books during Parent/Teacher conference night on October 26. The seniors noted that while all books will be accepted, there is a particular need for picture books. Books in Spanish will be accepted too.
"I think this is an ambitious project," shared the group's mentor, Peg Regan '73. "This idea grew out of them tutoring at El Puente and I like how they are giving back."
If an abundance of books are contributed, some of the books will be given to St. Benedict the Moor school, which is connected to CJ's Little Sibs program. The group also plans to hold a reading activity and a reading night at St. Benedict the Moor later this year.
Posted October 11, 2017