Canyon Creek Middle School National Junior Honor Society gave to their community and shared their own passion for reading through a book drive to help underprivileged and at-risk youth.
The group began planning in mid-May for the two week drive that brought in 1,451 books for the local Children’s Home Society of Washington.
“Statistics show that, in low income households, there is one book for every 300 kids,” said Emma Hein, NJHS member. “It is important to get books in the hands of young readers. Giving them access to books is an important part of building a love of reading and increasing their reading skills that they will need throughout life.”
The idea came about after Hein did an eighth-grade project involving research into children’s literacy and volunteered at a non-profit organization that refurbishes used books and donates them to children in need.
“When we discussed our service project for NJHS, it seemed like the perfect fit,” said Tiffany McCormick, teacher and NJHS advisor. “Emma’s project was really the catalyst for our service project.”
Book donations were received from students, families and staff at CCMS and Cape Horn-Skye Elementary.
“We really want to thank everyone who gave so generously,” said Natalie Garner, NJHS treasurer. “These gifts can really make a difference in a child’s life.”
Added Bridgette McCarthy, NJHS president, “Most of the books came from people’s homes. They are books that they were done with and not reading anymore. Some people even went to Goodwill and bought books to give.”
The Children’s Home Society of Washington is a family resource and support center to help families build on their strengths, find support networks and services and promote the well-being of the entire family.