As a member of Troop 696 of Hamptonville, North Carolina and seeking to gain my final rank of Eagle Scout, I came up with the “Recycled Reading Book Drive.” The program is a tool for other scouts to get service hours or Eagle Promotion in their own towns, with the intention to extend the program outside of Yadkin County.
Today, illiteracy should be a thing of the past and not an issue for Americans, but many still struggle to read and write. Over the summer, some children forget much of what they learned during the school year, but with this program, students may just be able to stay engaged enough to prepare for the year of learning ahead. As of right now, children must be able to read by the end of kindergarten; though sadly, many have no means of buying children’s books. It’s time to help those in need, and it is a great time to start an avenue to do so. While there are some summer reading programs, most participants can’t keep the books they read unless they win a prize or competition. With this drive, children can come and receive a free book or two. They will be able to read and reread their own books, and preschool-age children will be able to have alphabet, phonic, and/or number books!
*Donations will be accepted at the Jonesville Public Library, and books will be donated at the Jonesville Library during the first few weeks of their Summer Reading Program on Wednesdays during the summer.
Gavin Adams is a member of the SHS Journalism Club and a student of the YCS Virtual Academy of Journalism.